Christopher Syrnyk

Oregon Tech Honors Program Executive Director Christopher Syrnyk, Ph.D., has been elected to the Board of Directors for the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), an association that supports and enhances a community of educational institutions, professionals, and students who participate in collegiate honors education around the world. Dr. Syrnyk’s term as a member of the Board of Directors began in December and is for three years.

“Being elected to the NCHC Board of Directors means an opportunity to work on issues of national importance to the world of honors education,” Syrnyk said. “Working on policy, pedagogy, and practice with a group of people I respect will allow me to represent Oregon Tech on a national level. This will help me produce meaningful work for honors faculty and students who accept this challenging educational path.”

Oregon Tech’s Honors Program, a specialized academic program for high-achieving students in all academic majors, provides an interdisciplinary education designed to prepare future leaders and professionals for successful careers and meaningful lives. The Honors Program provides Oregon Tech students with a complementary academic curriculum and a collection of extracurricular learning experiences that promote a more well-rounded future career professional, a socially responsible person, and a connected and well-educated student.

In addition to Honors Program Executive Director, Dr. Syrnyk is overseeing the development of the Office of National Scholarships, and he is a Professor in the Communication Department. He has been at Oregon Tech since 2012. He earned a bachelor of arts and master of arts from the University of Oregon, an additional master of arts from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in English, specialization in Composition and Rhetoric, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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