Phi Beta Delta

Theta Iota Chapter

International Education National Honor Society
Phi Beta Delta, first established at California State University at Long Beach in 1986, was chartered in 1987 with 38 founding chapters. It is the first national honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education. Phi Beta Delta’s purpose is to address the need on campus for recognition and visibility of the international experience and to serve as a vehicle for the development of academically based international programming. It provides a network on campus for faculty, staff, and students involved in international endeavors and extends this network to thousands of members in chapters across the nation and internationally.

The College's Theta Iota Chapter was chartered on April 27, 2017, and consists of faculty, staff, students, and local honorary members engaged in international education.

Phi Beta Delta (ΦΒΔ) stands for philomatheia, biotremmonia, diapheren — "Love of knowledge, valuing of human life, and achieving excellence" and driven by five key objectives:

  1. Recognize achievement in international educational interchange;
  2. Increase the recognition, credibility, and importance of the international experience;
  3. Develop a cadre of individuals (students and faculty) involved in the international experience;
  4. Create a catalyst for international academic-based programming on campus; and
  5. Connect individuals on U.S. campuses involved in the international experience.

The colors of the society are Red and Gold, symbolizing the strength of humankind and the energy of the sun from which all peoples and cultures draw strength and life.

The College of Coastal Georgia Theta Iota Chapter was recognized by the Phi Beta Delta National Office for its commitment to promoting international education through “excellent international programs and opportunities, including Study Abroad program, Fulbright program, and the international education components and pathways your Office of International Education is developing support the mission of Phi Beta Delta."

Individual Membership

Membership in a chapter of Phi Beta Delta is open to individuals who have demonstrated scholarly achievement and have participated in international activities or programs. There are three categories of members: international students who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement at their U.S. institution; domestic students who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement in the pursuit of academic studies abroad, either in exchange programs or through participation in comparable experiences where academic relevance can be demonstrated; and faculty and staff who have been actively involved in recognized international endeavors such as teaching, administering exchange programs, conducting research, or providing services and programs to international students and scholars on campus or abroad.

Honorary, Faculty, staff & Student Inductees

National Level

The national organization of Phi Beta Delta, under the leadership of the Board of Directors, sets criteria for and approves the formation of new chapters. It provides ongoing support in the development of existing chapters as well. The Board coordinates the Annual National Conference, which consists of panels and symposia designed to explore the significant issues of international education. National annual dues fund a variety of initiatives, including the national newsletter “The Medallion,” a manual for chapters, and a program which provides scholarships for faculty and staff as well as scholarships for students.

Recent Publications

International Research and Review

Chapter By-Laws


  • President, Carla Bluhm, Ph.D.
  • Past-President, Patrizia Stahle, Ph.D.
  • Vice President, Jim Fullerton, Ph.D.
  • Secretary, Claire Hughes, Ph.D.
  • Treasurer, Tyler Bagwell, M.F.A.
  • Chapter Coordinator, Jim Lynch, Ed.D.
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