National Honor Society Selects RVCC Professor as Faculty Scholar

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
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Dr. Sara Banfield, Raritan Valley Community College Associate Professor of Communication Studies, has been selected by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as one of 30 chapter advisors, advisors emeriti, and alumni to serve as Faculty Scholars. Those selected for the prestigious role also will lead groups of students and advisors at the 2018 and 2019 Honors Institutes.

Dr. Banfield, a resident of Bethlehem, PA, serves as co-advisor of RVCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and also chairs the College’s Communication and Languages Department. She is one of only two people from New Jersey community colleges selected for this honor.

Faculty Scholars serve as seminar leaders during the Honors Institute, Phi Theta Kappa’s annual summer conference held on a four-year college campus. The event brings nearly 500 associate degree-seeking students and PTK chapter advisors together for a week each June. The 2018 Honors Institute will be held at Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

For the first time, the Honors Institute will focus on Phi Theta Kappa’s Leadership Development curriculum. Faculty Scholars will be certified to lead the curriculum, which has been hailed by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as one of eight exemplary leadership development programs in the country.

The 2018/2019 Honors Study Topic is Transformations: Acknowledging, Assessing, and Achieving Change.

Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium.

RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses, and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit



January 3, 2018

Media contact: Donna Stolzer, 908-526-1200, ext. 8383

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