Dr. Elizabeth M. Elliott, a professor in FGCU’s College of Education and director of the Family Resource Center on campus, was recently elected to the Executive Council of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) International Honor Society in Education.
Elliott was elected for a six-year term, serving as president-elect through June 2020, as president 2020–22 and past-president 2022–24. The Executive Council provides oversight to Kappa Delta Pi, a nonprofit organization founded in 1911 at the University of Illinois to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching.
A member since 1995, Elliott has a strong record of service and leadership with the society. Ten years after her initiation, she became counselor of the Omega Epsilon Chapter at FGCU. She oversees the chapter and has won several awards from Kappa Delta Pi, including the Lucina Rose Counselor Award, an honor given once every two years to an outstanding counselor who has 10 or more years of service. Omega Epsilon has won the Achieving Chapter Excellence award six consecutive biennium.
In addition to her service to Omega Epsilon, Elliott has served on several international KDP committees and as an editorial reviewer for its cornerstone publication, The Educational Forum. She believes in the power of associations like KDP to make a difference in their respective fields but understands that membership and business models are changing.
“Our challenge is to develop encompassing strategies for attracting and sustaining all individuals into lifetime membership and fellowship,” Elliott says. “Next, we must focus on advocating for the practicing educator. Finally, and maybe most importantly, we must continue to foster relationships and partnerships with international colleagues to ensure that all teachers and learners are prepared for future challenges.”