• UWA professor named regional VP of Phi Kappa Phi

    Posted: August 24, 2012

    Author: Betsy Compton

     A University of West Alabama faculty member has been elected a regional vice president of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

    At its 2012 Biennial Convention hosted in St. Louis, Mo., delegates from the Southeast region of Phi Kappa Phi elected Dr. Mark Davis, chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and assistant professor of psychology at UWA to serve in the position. As a regional vice president, Davis will serve on the Society’s Chapter Relations Committee and work with officers and students to strengthen chapters in the Southeast.

    Throughout the past five years, Davis has served as president and president-elect for the UWA chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. Davis expressed that one of his primary objectives will be to foster the development of the Society’s student members.

    “One of my goals is to assist Phi Kappa Phi’s newest members in seeking their dreams,” Davis said.

    Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines.

    Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.

    Since the Society’s founding, more than one million members have been initiated. Some of the organization’s more notable members include former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley.

    The Society has awarded approximately $14 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, nearly $1 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad scholarships, member and chapter awards and grants for local and national literacy initiatives.

    For more information on Phi Kappa Phi, please call (800) 804-9880 or visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org. To learn more about UWA’s chapter, email Dr. Mark Davis or by phone at 205-652-3570.
    See More UWA News