Alpha Kappa Delta
      The International Sociology Honor Society      
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Frequently Asked Questions

MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONS

Q: How do I become a member of Alpha Kappa Delta?
A: Please review the membership eligibility here to determine if you qualify for membership. Please note that membership can only be obtained through an active chapter.  You will need to contact the chapter representative at your institution for more information.  Let us know if you need this information.

Q: What if my institution does not have an Alpha Kappa Delta chapter?
A: We cannot induct individuals from an institution that does not have an active chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta. If your institution and department are interested in starting a chapter, please click here.

Q: How much does membership into Alpha Kappa Delta cost?
A: The membership fee is $40.00. This is good for a lifetime membership.

Q: I filled out the membership application on your website and meet all the requirements for eligibility.  Now what?
A: This application should not be sent to our office.  It will not grant you membership into our organization.  You will need to contact the chapter representative at your institution for more information.  Let us know if you need this information.

Q: Why have I not received my Sociological Inquiry  journal yet?
A: This could be due to a few reasons:

  • Journals are sent out quarterly. You will not receive your journal as soon as you become a member, rather during the cover months of the journal.
  • You may not be activated to receive your free year of Sociological Inquiry. You must fill out an Activation Form to receive your free year of SI.
  • To keep receiving SI, you must be a Voting member. To stay a Voting member, please fill out the Renewal Form and attach payment.

CHAPTER QUESTIONS

Q: Is there an annual fee for our Alpha Kappa Delta chapter?
A: No, there is no annual fee to have an AKD chapter.  There is a one-time charter application fee of $100.00 which is non-refundable (however, if your application is denied, we will refund 70% of the fee).  The one annual fee associated fee with AKD is the $40.00 Voting Membership Renewal fee for the chapter representative.  All chapter representatives must remain Voting members to keep an active chapter. 

Q: When are renewals due?
A: Renewals run on a calender year and are, therefore, due in January. You may, however, send in your renewal during the fall semester to ensure you are a Voting member for the upcoming year, or with your Spring batch of new members.

Q: Do you take credit cards?

A: We are unable to accept credit cards at this time as we do not have the equipment to do so.  We do accept institutional checks, checks cut from chapter’s bank accounts, and money orders.  If you cannot arrange one of these options, a single check cut from the faculty chapter representative’s personal account can be accepted.  Please do not send cash.

Q: How do I order new members and/or membership certificates?
A: We will need the AKD Order Form and the List of Initiates Form (both filled out electronically). Please be sure to include any merchandise or renewals with this order. Please click here for further instruction on how to order these materials. 

Q: How long will it take to receive membership certificates?
A: Our printing company mails membership certificates directly to chapter representatives.  Allow up to four weeks for delivery.  Processing and delivery times may be longer during the months of April, May, and June.  Please do not contact the Printing Company.  Please plan accordingly and allow sufficient time to ensure certificate arrival prior to your initiation date.

Q: How long will it take to receive merchandise?
A: Merchandise is shipped directly from the Executive Office located in Syracuse, NY. It should take 1-2 weeks for the arrival of all merchandise.

Q: What if a name is misspelled on a membership certificate?
A: You can find a Replacement Document Form here. Please fill in this form and send with payment if necessary to our address.

Q: We received our merchandise, but did not receive the membership certificates?  When can we expect to receive them?
A: The Executive Office does not send out the membership certificates.  A contact printer mails membership certificates directly to chapter representatives.  Allow four weeks for delivery.  Processing and delivery times may be longer during the months of April, May, and June.  Please do not contact the Printing Company.  Please plan accordingly and allow sufficient time to ensure certificate arrival prior to your initiation date.

Q: We received our membership certificates, but no handbooks.  When can we expect to receive these?

A: Due to going green, we no longer provide handbooks. However, these can be found on our website under ‘Constitution and ByLaws'.

Q: We lost our chapter’s charter certificate.  How do we get a new one?
A: You can find a Charter Replacement Document here. Please fill in this form and send with payment to our address.