Graduate School Dean Addresses Summer, 2010 Phi Kappa Phi Initiation

College of Education Dean Frances K. Kochan and 230 students were initiated into the Auburn University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi during its Spring Initiation and Awards Ceremony.

Kochan, a Wayne T. Smith Distinguished Professor in the  Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology, is internationally known for her expertise in mentoring, as well as her published research on teachers as researchers, family and school relationships and middle school organizational change. Her current research interests focus on barriers to organizational change, and school and university collaboration, which are also the frequent topics of her speaking appearances. Dean Kochan has been a member of the college's faculty since 1994 and was appointed dean in 2005, making her the college's fifth dean and the first woman to serve in the position. Kochan has also served as director of the College of Education's Truman Pierce Institute. She was honored in 2008 with the Florida State University College of Education's Distinguished Alumni Award for higher education and also received the Distinguished Educator Award in 2002.
In addition, Phi Kappa Phi also honored 3 students who received chapter awards:

• Phi Kappa Phi Most Outstanding Senior Scholar Award - Kristen M. Hastrup, College of Sciences and Mathematics
• Phi Kappa Phi/Current-Garcia Award in Humanities - John Johnson, College of Liberal Arts
• Susan Stacy Entrenkin Yates Award - Alison M. Bradford, College of Human Sciences

Phi Kappa Phi, founded in 1897, is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. It promotes the pursuit of excellence in all fields of higher education; recognizes outstanding achievement by students, faculty and others through election to membership and through various awards for distinguished achievement; and engages the community of scholars in service to others.

The Auburn University Chapter was established in 1914 and initiates more than 400 members annually. Membership is open to qualified scholars with integrity and high ethical standards from all academic disciplines.