Biology Instructor Named Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Scholar

Published: November 17, 2015

drlisadraughonDr. Lisa Draughon was one of 30 community college instructors selected.

Dr. Lisa Draughon, biology instructor at Johnston Community College, has been selected to serve as a Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Scholar for 2016-17.

Draughon is one of 30 community college instructors across the U.S. selected for the professional development opportunity.

The scholars were selected through a rigorous application process through which they demonstrated excellence in teaching or administration. The selection committee also considered where the applicant lives, the Phi Theta Kappa division in which they advise, the teaching or professional discipline and the variety in terms of the number of years the applicant has served as a chapter advisor. The result is a strong, diverse group of Faculty Scholars.

Draughon, a Florida native who earned her bachelor's and doctorate degrees from Florida Atlantic University, said the opportunity is special to her because she was a member of PTK while a student at Palm Beach Community College.

"I've been a student member of PTK and this honor society is one of the things I asked about when I came to JCC," she said. "I want to give back and help grow our chapter and help make it something that our students aspire to be a part of."

The group will attend the annual Faculty Scholar Conference at Phi Theta Kappa's Center for Excellence in Jackson, Mississippi, January 27-30, where they will study the 2016/2017 Honors Study Topic and prepare to serve as discussion facilitators for the 2016 Honors Institute at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The group will also serve as Faculty Scholars for the 2017 Honors Institute. During Honors Institute, the Faculty Scholars will lead groups of 15 to 18 honor students in seminar discussions of the issues presented by experts on the Honors Study Topic throughout the week.

"I was very surprised and honored to be selected," Draughon said. "I intend to go learn and soak up all the information that I can with seasoned veterans and bring it back to JCC."

Draughon is one of three co-advisors of JCC's PTK chapter. For more information about PTK at JCC, please contact her at

Phi Theta Kappa is the is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territorial possessions and eight sovereign nations. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.

Cut line: Dr. Lisa Draughon, biology instructor at JCC, has been selected to serve as a Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Scholar.

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