The American University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa
Phi Delta Kappa International is a professional educators association that has existed for more than 100 years.
Its focus as set forth by its constitution is: -to promote the scientific study of education, -to foster the profession of teaching, -to advance the fields of knowledge and liberal culture and -to uphold the ethical ideals of a life of service.
"PDK is the original member of the PDK International family of associations, which also includes Pi Lambda Theta (PLT) and the Future Educators Association®(FEA). Together, these three education associations support the full spectrum of the education profession, beginning with FEA for pre-collegiate prospective educators, continuing with PLT for collegiate pre-service and practicing teachers, and concluding with PDK, a prestigious professional association of educators."1
The American University (AU) Chapter, Zeta Eta Campus Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, was initiated and installed on May 8, 1965. The induction was performed by International and District Officers from Minnesota, Utah, Mississippi, Nebraska and Indiana. The initiation team was from The Beta Gamma Chapter at The George Washington University. At that time it was a professional fraternity for men in education. Sixty-six men were initiated into PDK. Dr. Thomas L. Penn, currently serving as the AU Chapter treasurer, was a charter member. In 1974, the first class of women was initiated into the chapter.
Hundreds of local PDK chapters, most located on college campuses, give PDK members a unique opportunity to network with other like-minded educators. These are just some of the many benefits for PDK members.
PDK’s mission is to support education, particularly public education, as the cornerstone of democracy. Its vision is to be the experts in cultivating great educators for tomorrow while continuing to ensure high-quality education for today. "2