Kappa Alpha Theta Honors Fraternity's Top Ten Outstanding Faculty

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Kappa Alpha Theta recognizes outstanding faculty for contributions to colleges and universities where Theta chapters are present via an official nomination and selection process.

We encourage our members in their academic pursuits, and we developed the Top Ten Faculty program to recognize the faculty members who support, challenge, and mentor these women on a daily basis.

Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity, the first Greek-letter fraternity for women, announces its Ten Outstanding Faculty Members. This marks the first time the Fraternity has recognized faculty for contributions to colleges and universities where Theta chapters are present via an official nomination and selection process.

The faculty members were selected from more than 120 nominations by Theta college chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters were asked to select one nominee and base their selection on the professor’s passion for inspiring students and actions that connect to Theta aspirations. Candidates were not limited by gender, Greek (or non-Greek) affiliation, disciplinary expertise or number of Thetas taught.

This year’s honorees include:

Andrew Welki, Economics & Finance at John Carroll University, nominated by Eta Kappa Chapter
David Herr, Exceptional Education at James Madison University, nominated by Eta Rho Chapter
Erika Haber, Russian Language & Literature at Syracuse University, nominated by Chi Chapter
Giuseppe Pezzotti, Hotel Administration at Cornell University, nominated by Iota Chapter
Gloria Starns, Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University, nominated by Gamma Pi Chapter
Julie Jones, Broadcast Journalism at University of Oklahoma, nominated by Alpha Omicron Chapter
Lois McDermott, Psychology at University of Washington, nominated by Alpha Lambda Chapter
Mark Haussmann, Biology at Bucknell University, nominated by Epsilon Pi Chapter
Tracy Scott, Sociology at Emory University, nominated by Delta Zeta Chapter
William (Bill) McClure, Biology at University of Southern California, nominated by Omicron Chapter

“Kappa Alpha Theta develops intellectually ambitious women who will grow to become leaders in their professions and communities,” said Fraternity President Amy Kates. “We encourage our members in their academic pursuits, and we developed the Top Ten Faculty program to recognize the faculty members who support, challenge, and mentor these women on a daily basis.”

The Fraternity congratulates these outstanding faculty for their accomplishments and thanks all of the nominees for their contributions to the scholastic advancement of our members.

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Kappa Alpha Theta, founded in 1870 at DePauw University (then Asbury College) in Greencastle, Ind., is recognized as a leader in the Greek community in terms of programs for members, scholarships awarded, and chapter excellence. Kappa Alpha Theta supports 129 college chapters and 185 alumnae chapters across the US and Canada. Membership totals nearly 220,000.

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