Professor Jane Honeycutt received the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society’s Paragon Award for New Advisors at the society’s regional convention held this spring. Honeycutt is an associate professor of English and serves as faculty advisor to the College’s Alpha Iota Chi chapter of PTK.
“Since Jane accepted the role of lead advisor for Northeast State’s Alpha Iota Chi chapter, she has demonstrated scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship,” says Lana Hamilton, vice president for Academic Affairs.
Alpha Iota Chi student members nominated Honeycutt for the award last fall. The Paragon Award recognizes advisors with less than four years of service to PTK who have made significant contributions to the growth of the students, served as the chapter’s advocate on campus, and encouraged the chapter to be involved on the local, regional and/or international level. The PTK Tennessee Region also presented Honeycutt with their Horizon Award recognizing the contributions of new advisors.
The chapter has welcomed more than 300 new members during the past three years while Honeycutt has served as advisor. During that time, Alpha Iota Chi and several student members have earned regional and national PTK awards for leadership and community outreach most recently the Chapter of Light Award this spring.
Honeycutt also directs the College’s Honors Program and chairs the department of Women’s Studies. She earned her bachelor’s of arts degree and master’s of arts degree in English from San Francisco State University.
“We have had a wonderful group of students take part in Alpha Iota Chi,” Honeycutt says. “They have dedicated themselves to the Phi Theta Kappa hallmarks and to this chapter.”