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Phi Alpha Theta
National Honorary Society for History
The mission of Phi Alpha Theta is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, teaching excellence, publication, and the exchange of ideas among historians. In fulfillment of this mission, Phi Alpha Theta endeavors to bring together students, teachers, and writers through a broad range of activities that assist historical understanding and research. First established at the University of Arkansas in March 1921, Phi Alpha Theta is now the largest accredited honor society in the United States with more than 700 chapters located throughout the nation. Visit national Phi Alpha Theta on Facebook!
Phi Alpha Theta at WIU
Western Illinois University is home to the Omicron Omicron chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Student Organization for 2010. Each year, our local chapter sponsors a number of activities for its members and the community at large. Click here for membership application. Submit the application to the local chapter advisor. For more information on the local chapter, contact Dr. Tim Roberts , WIU's Phi Alpha Theta Faculty Advisor.
Phi Alpha Theta's officers for 2012-13:
President Jessica Toops
Vice President Justin Paonessa
Secretary Joe Pienta
Treasurer Cassie Zimmerman
Chapter Advisor Dr. Tim Roberts
Co-Editor Lily Blouin
Co-Editor Cody Boland
Department Chair Dr. Simon Cordery
Undergraduate students must complete a minimum of
12 semester hours (4 courses) in History, achieve a minimum GPA of 3.1 in
History, and a GPA of 3.0 or better overall. Membership is not limited to
Graduate students should have
completed a minimum of 12 semester hours towards their Master’s Degree in
History, and have a GPA of better than 3.5.
Spring 2013 Phi Alpha Theta Initiation
Spring 2012 Phi Alpha Theta Initiation
WIU's Phi Alpha Theta chapter sponsors an on-line journal of student research, the Western Illinois Historical Review , edited in 2011-12 by student co-editors Katie Benson, Nikita Ernst, and Michael Lowe. Volume IV (Spring 2012) is now available on-line.
Spring 2011 Phi Alpha Theta Initiation
The Spring 2010 Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference was held March 27 here at Western Illinois University. Thirty-three students from nine colleges and universities, including seventeen from Western Illinois University presented papers at the Spring Regional Conference.
Drs. Ute Chamberlin & Ed Woell (right) with WIU participants at Spring 2010 Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference
National Activities and Programs
The national organization of Phi Alpha Theta sponsors a variety of programs for the benefit of its members. Among these are: biennial conventions for undergraduate, graduate, and faculty members; annual awards in recognition of outstanding papers written by the society's members; and scholarships to support the study of history at the graduate level. In addition, Phi Alpha Theta publishes The Historian , a distinguished scholarly quarterly devoted to all fields of historical inquiry.
To request further information concerning Phi Alpha Theta, its national programs, activities, and scholarships, e-mail the society at email@example.com .
Faculty Advisor Dr. Lee Brice (front left) with Spring 2010 Phi Alpha Theta Intiates
Spring 2009 Phi Alpha Theta Intiation
- Dr. Brice Elected to Phi Alpha Theta National Advisory Council
- PAT Member Sarah Farha Named the CAS College Scholar for Fall 2010
- Phi Alpha Theta Wins 2010 College Award for Outstanding Student Organization
- WIU's Phi Alpha Theta Chapter Elects New Officers for 2010-2011
- Phi Alpha Theta Initiates 17 New Members in Spring 2010
- Phi Alpha Theta 2010 Illinois Regional Conference Held at WIU
- PAT Elects New Secretary & Director of Fund-Raising for Spring 2010
Spring 2008 Phi Alpha Theta Initiation at WIU
Phi Alpha Theta and the Associated Students of History , the Department's other student organization, frequently co-sponsor activities.