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Phi AlphaWelcome to the Mu Delta Chapter of the Phi Alpha National Honor Society for Social Workers at the University of Southern Indiana!

We are a highly selective honor society for social work graduate and undergraduate students with over 225 chapters in the United States.

"Through knowledge - the challenge to serve"


The purposes of Phi Alpha Honor Society are to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership, those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.


The Mu Delta Chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Workers was established at the University of Southern Indiana March 1, 2004 by Dr. Kathy Elpers and Dr. Thomas Bordelon. The national honor society was formalized with the adoption of a constitution in 1962.

Membership Information

Qualifications for Membership

If you are an outstanding student and have demonstrated leadership skills, then you may qualify for membership in the Phi Alpha Honor Society. Please read the Mu Delta Chapter's By-laws and Constitution to learn about the structure of the organization, and the qualifications for membership. We encourage all eligible persons to apply.

BSW Form: (DOC) (PDF)
MSW Form: (DOC) (PDF)
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Application Deadlines and Fees

Applications will be accepted through February 21, 2014. Late applications will not be accepted. Please enclose a check made out to Phi Alpha Honor Society for $35 with your completed application. The fee includes life membership, certificate, and medallion. If the fee prohibits you from applying for membership, contact the faculty sponsors, Dr. Kathy Elpers or Dr. James Dickerson, to discuss your situation. You will receive an email or letter of acceptance or denial in early March, and your check will be either cashed or returned to you at that time. If accepted, you will receive information by email or mail about the initiation Ceremony, which is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at a location to be announced.

After you have completed your application, do one of the following:

Faculty Sponsors

Please feel free to contact the co-sponsors of the Mu Delta Chapter of the Phi Alpha National Honor Society for social workers should you have any questions or concerns.

Kathy Elpers

Dr. Kathy Elpers

Email Contact

(812) 464-1993

(812) 465-1116

James Dickerson

Dr. James Dickerson

Email Contact

(812) 461-5243

(812) 465-1116


It is the policy of the University of Southern Indiana to be in full compliance with all federal and state nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity laws, orders, and regulations relating to race, sex, religion, handicap, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or veteran status, Questions or concerns should be directed to the Affirmative Action officer, USI Human Resources Dept., Orr Center Room# 012, University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN 47712 (Telephone: 812/464-1815). Office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.