Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society

The Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society was founded in 1924 to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies.

With over 900 active chapters and more than 9,000 members inducted annually, the Society aims to foster literacy through its local chapters on college campuses and promote interest in literature in their surrounding communities.

Membership in Pacific University’s chapter, Alpha Chi Omega—a division of the English Club—is an outward recognition of personal accomplishment and signifies that those invited to join have achieved the Society’s high standards of academic excellence. When admitted, students receive a certificate of lifetime membership, the official Society pin to signify high achievement, and are formally inducted at an end-of-year ceremony.

  • The 2020 application period for Alpha Chi Omega is now closed. Look for more information about the next cycle in early spring of 2021.

Alpha Chi Omega members are eligible to:

  • Apply for national Sigma Tau Delta scholarships valued up to $5,000 each.
  • Submit creative and critical work for publication in the Sigma Tau Delta Review, Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle, and the WORDY by Nature official blog.
  • Present at the annual regional, national, and international Sigma Tau Delta conferences.
  • Apply for co-sponsored internships with a major publisher and an online book store that funds worldwide literacy initiatives, as well as the Washington Internship Institute for those interested in public service and leadership.
  • Compete for officer positions and take part in community service projects in the campus chapter, as well as leadership positions at the regional and Society levels.
  • Apply for individual research grants to support travel to and use of archives or collections important to their research, as well as project grants to help local chapters develop projects that further Society goals.
  • Use their honor society affiliation as a tangible sign of academic success to help advance their professional career.

Membership & Eligibility

Students and alumni of Pacific University are invited to apply for membership every Spring semester. All Pacific University students are eligible and need not be majors or minors in English Literature, Creating Writing, or Editing & Publishing with the department. The Department of English does highly encourage all majors and minors in our programs to pursue Alpha Chi Omega membership as part of your professional development. In order to be eligible, students must have:

  • Completed at least three semesters of college course work.
  • Have completed 2 college courses in English Literature (ENGL) or Creative Writing (ENGW) in addition to ENGW 180, 181, or 182 (formally 201, 202, or 203).
  • Must have a minimum of a B or equivalent average in your general scholarship and English department courses.
  • Rank at least in the top 35% percent of their class.

Alpha Chi Omega Chapter

  • Jaye Adams '20, English Literature major, Creative Writing and Philosophy minors
  • Kia Addison '20, English Literature major, Creative Writing and Editing & Publishing minors
  • Sophia Backus '19, Creative Writing major, English Literature and Editing & Publishing minors
  • Sienna Ballou '18, English Literature major, Dance and Spanish minors
  • Ian Blair '21, English Literature major, Creative Writing minor
  • Lauren Bridges '20, Anthropology and Creative Writing majors
  • Mekenzie Brock '22, Creative Writing and English Literature majors, Sociology minor
  • Jack Brown '21, Creative Writing and English Literature majors, History and Editing & Publishing minors
  • Kristen Buehner '17, English Literature and Creative Writing majors
  • Kymberlin Bush '20, Creative Writing major, Integrated Media and Editing & Publishing minors
  • Darcy Christoffersen '18, English Literature major, History and Editing & Publishing minors
  • Claire Delplanche '21, Biology and Creative Writing majors, English Literature minor
  • Tailor Dolgin '18, English Literature major, Outdoor Leadership and Business Administration minors
  • Charli Elliott '19, Creative Writing major, Chinese minor
  • Gillian Gauer '20, English Literature major, Biology minor
  • Melissa Hood '19, Creative Writing major, Music minor
  • Allison Jones '20, English Literature and Music majors
  • Maxwell Lien '20, Creative Writing major
  • Dana McCarthy '21, English Literature major, Creative Writing and Editing & Publishing minors
  • Margaret McFarlane '20, Creative Writing major, Editing & Publishing minor
  • Madison McGarrah '20, Creative Writing major
  • Savannah Olsen '21, Creative Writing major, Spanish and Editing & Publishing minors
  • Hunter Peterson '18, Creative Writing and Anthropology majors, Editing & Publishing minors
  • Kyle Riper '19, English Literature major, Creative Writing minor
  • Emma Roles '20, Creative Writing major, Spanish and Editing & Publishing minors
  • Rachel Savini '20, Creative Writing major, Editing & Publishing minor
  • Riley Stewart '21, English Literature major, Philosophy and Politics & Government minors
  • Kimberly Su '19, Chemistry major, Creative Writing minor
  • Harley Taff '19, Creative Writing major, Editing & Publishing minor
  • Jacquelyn Tufts '21, Creative Writing and Spanish majors
  • Phoebe Whittington '20, Creative Writing major, Theatre minor
  • Alexis Zmuda '18, Creative Writing and Theatre majors


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Elizabeth E. Tavares, PhD | Assistant Professor of English 
Bates House 15 | 503-352-2801 |