School of Education

Phi Delta Kappa



Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) is an international professional association for men and women in education. The membership is composed of professionals in the field of education, of graduate students preparing for careers in education, and undergraduates who are enrolled in or have successfully completed their student teaching. Members of PDK who are already employed in the profession range from classroom teachers, and school administrators to college and university professors and to educational specialists of many types. In PDK, this diverse membership finds a fellowship based on common interests and a common focus on the promotion and improvement of education, with particular emphasis on publicly supported education.


Spring 2014 Schedule of Events

April 1, 2014
Children's Literature to Understand
Students with Special Needs
Dr. Caroline Hopenwasser
Mount St. Mary College, Newburgh, N.Y., 4:30-6:30 p.m.
April 22, 2014
Developing Academic Language
Dr. Karen Bell
Old Main 1907 Room (B125), 6-7:30 p.m.
May 7, 2014
Student Research Panel
Shea O'Brien's - New Paltz, N.Y., 4:30 p.m.
May 14, 2014
End of Year Reception/Scholarship presentation
Old Main 1907 Room (B125), 5 p.m.


There are more than 660 Phi Delta Kappa chapters in the United States, Canada and abroad. There are chapters in Puerto Rico, the Isthmus of Panama, the Virgin Islands, and Guam -- as well as international chapters in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Korea, Belgium, Thailand, Italy, Okinawa, the Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, Spain, and Bermuda. Approximately half of the chapters are based on college or university campuses that graduate departments of education. The other half are community based. Phi Delta Kappa membership in good standing is approximately 112,000.

The Phi Delta Kappa Chapter at the State University College at New Paltz is celebrating its 38th anniversary. The chapter received its charter on Nov. 1, 1974. It owes its establishment to the vision and commitment of two SUNY faculty Kappans, Dr. Rodney Jones and Dr. Richard Klix. In 1972, these two Kappans sought out twenty other faculty who were also Kappans and secured their support for petitioning PDK International to establish a chapter at New Paltz.

At that time, membership in PDK was open only to males and the women of New Paltz on the faculty opposed the creation of an all-male educational organization. In 1973, PDK International opened membership to women and that cleared the way for united support for a PDK chapter at New Paltz. Of the ninety-one charter members, twenty-two were women.

To become a student member of the New Paltz Chapter of PDK, complete the New Paltz fillable form, print, sign and obtain the signature of our chapter representative, then send or fax to the address listed on the form.

Membership is also available for professionals and students directly online
Select State University College at New Paltz, Chapter Number 1310

More information about Phi Delta Kappa International may be obtained from its web site: or by sending e-mail to:

President: Carolyn Hopenwasser (
President Elect: Tarie Lewis (
Awards: Ro Millham (
Research: Lindsey Russo, (
Scholarships: Karen Bell, (