Membership in ÷¬ń

The Membership Director is Astrid Sheil of the California State University, San Bernardino.

Benefits of Membership

By Richard Reiff, PBD

As a Phi Beta Delta member, would you be able to describe the benefits of membership? An understanding and an articulation of PBD's benefits are important for increasing individual and institutional membership. Relating those benefits to institutional goals of internationalization can be an effective means of promoting Phi Beta Delta. Moreover, the goals of our Society augment and enhance institutional efforts to promote international education.

Below are what I believe are the major benefits of Phi Beta Delta:

If those activities and programs which are listed above as benefits are not currently part of your chapter's activities, they can serve as goals and objectives.

Institutional Membership

Starting a New Chapter

If you would like to start a chapter of Phi Beta Delta at your institution, you should contact†††† Dr. Rueyling Chuang, Executive Director of Phi Beta Delta, to express your interest. Previously, please review the pdf†Phi Beta Delta Chapter Manual. It can serve as an extensive overview of the steps you will take to get started.

To charter a chapter of Phi Beta Delta, an institution must:

  1. offer at least a baccalaureate degree
  2. hold regional accreditation
  3. have faculty members who are formally engaged in juried or refereed scholarly creative activity of international scope (as evidenced in resumes or other documentation), and
  4. demonstrate a regard for and commitment to the provision of programs and services for international (visa) students and scholars on campus, study abroad programs, and international faculty exchanges.

The institution must then complete and submit a†pdf†petitioning form with its attachments, including a $100 non-refundable petitioning fee. As much as possible, you should submit your documents in electronic format.† Whether you choose to present the petition via email or on a CD-Rom, it is helpful if all documents, with the exception of†the signed letters, are uploaded to Adobe Acrobat--300 dpi in black and white.† In the case of university catalogues, brochures, or other non word-processing documents, there is no need to mail or include these as attachments.† You can simply provide us with the link to that information.† Finally, as part of your submission, please make a list of all pertinent websites that showcase your institution's international efforts.†

If the Board of Directors approves the petition, the institution will be notified, and the payment of Chartering†and Authorization Fees (totaling $250.00) will be due. The chapter is officially founded when it holds its founding meeting.

Individual Membership

Individuals who have demonstrated scholarly achievement in the international area are nominated for membership in Phi Beta Delta through the Chapter Governing Boards at colleges and universities with active chapters (see Chapter Listings).

There are three categories of membership:

Once an individual is nominated, he or she is invited to the chapter's annual installation meeting where they become official members of the society.

If you would like to become a member of Phi Beta Delta, please contact your Campus Coordinator (see†Chapter Listings) to find out the eligibility requirements for your chapter.

If your institution does not yet have a chapter, please ask your institution to contact the Phi Beta Delta Headquarters to learn how to start a chapter on your campus.