Kenoalani Dela Cruz, a counselor at Hawai‘i Community College, was one of 25 community college faculty members from across the nation to be named a Phi Theta Kappa 2013 Faculty Scholar.
The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 states, plus U.S. territories and several other countries.
Dela Cruz and the other scholars were selected through a rigorous application process based on knowledge of the 2012-2013 Honors Study Topic, “The Culture of Competition,” and demonstrated excellence in teaching or administration.
“We congratulate them for being selected to serve and for their willingness and desire to surpass the traditional duties of an advisor by contributing in this manner,” Susan Edwards, Phi Theta Kappa’s Dean of Academic Affairs and Honors Programs, said in a written statement.
The group of 25 scholars will attend the annual Faculty Scholar Conference at Phi Theta Kappa’s Center for Excellence in Jackson, Mississippi, Jan. 30-Feb. 3. During the Conference, the Scholars will prepare to serve as facilitators during Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors Institute, to be held June 17-22 at Villanova University in Pennsylvania.
Dela Cruz, who has worked at HawCC for 11 years, she’s looking forward to the opportunity.
“I am excited to network with other colleagues across the country and humbled to represent the Pacific Region,” she said.
Dela Cruz has been the Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Psi Epsilon Chapter Advisor for 10 years.
While attending the Honors Institute, the Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Scholars will lead groups of 15 to 20 honor students in seminar discussions.