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Dr. Carls Elected National Vice President of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Jan 5, 2012

Dr. Stephen Carls was unanimously elected the national vice president of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society on January 5, 2012, at the organization’s biennial convention in Orlando, Florida. As vice president, Dr. Carls now serves as a member of Phi Alpha Theta’s four-person executive committee. He will assume the national presidency at the end of the society’s 2014 biennial convention. The current president is Dr. Robert Carriker of Gonzaga University.

Dr. Carls began his association with Phi Alpha Theta in1970, when he was inducted into the society at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Since 1983, he has been the faculty advisor of Union’s Delta-Psi Chapter, where he has overseen the initiation of more than 225 new members and helped the chapter win nine straight Best Chapter Awards. Nationally, Dr. Carls has previously held leadership positions as a member of the society’s national council and advisory board. Professor Carls looks forward to his new responsibilities in the society as vice president.


Dr. Stephen Carls, shown here serving as a panel chair during the 2012 Phi Alpha Theta convention in Orlando, was elected national vice president of the society at the convention's business meeting on January 5.