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Phi Beta Delta

Honor Society for International Scholars

The purpose of Phi Beta Delta is to foster interest and scholarship in the international arena among faculty, staff, and students. Phi Beta Delta, founded at California State University, Long Beach in 1986, was established as an organization in 1987 with 38 chartered chapters, many of which had existed for a considerable time previously at the local level. It is the first honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education.
The Spelman Chapter was organized in 1994, and is now in its eighteenth year of operation. Membership is open to individuals who have demonstrated scholarly achievement in the international arena in any of the following three categories:

  • Distinguished faculty, staff, and visiting scholars involved in international endeavors such as teaching, administrating exchange programs, conducting research, or providing services and programs to international students and scholars
  • International students who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement at their U.S. institution
  • Domestic students who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement at their U.S. institution

Membership Eligibility

Eligibility criteria for faculty and staff, and students are outlined below.

Faculty and Staff (American- or Foreign-born)

Faculty and staff should fulfill a combination of the following criteria:

  1. Experience in teaching, lecturing, and/or research in international affairs.
  2. Experience in organizing and conducting study experiences for students in foreign countries.
  3. Extensive international travels.
  4. Significant involvement in international activities on campus.
  5. Experience in advising student groups focused on international issues.
  6. Command of a foreign language.
  7. Active involvement in international organizations such as the Carter Center, the Georgia Council for International Visitors, Alliance Francaise, etc.

Students (American- or Foreign-born)

Students should fulfill a combination of the following criteria:

  1. Junior or senior status, and cumulative 3.3 Cumulative GPA
  2. Significant involvement in international activities on campus such as, foreign language associations, international associations, etc.
  3. Extensive international travel.
  4. Command of a foreign language.
  5. Active involvement in international organizations such as the Carter Center, the Georgia Council for International Visitors, Alliance Francaise, etc.