Benefits of Membership


Individual membership

  • Membership is for a lifetime. There are no annual dues for members after the initial payment unless one decides to remain a Voting member.
  • A certificate of membership and a membership sticker are given to all new members to recognize the honor of being a part of Alpha Kappa Delta.
  • Free one-year subscription to Sociological Inquiry, the official journal of Alpha Kappa Delta.
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Student Paper Competitions. AKD sponsors an annual student paper competition for both undergraduate and graduate students. Winners receive a cash prize and travel money to participate in the American Sociological Association (ASA) annual meeting.
    • Undergraduate students have the chance to participate in the ASA Honors Program
    • First place winners are eligible to have their papers published in Sociological Inquiry
  • Student Travel Money. AKD provides grants to undergraduates and graduate students who are AKD members to present at regional sociological meetings.
  • Mentorship Program. This program provides an opportunity to connect and network with other AKD members and professionals in the sociology field.
  • Undergraduate Research Symposium. AKD hosts a virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium for a day of celebration of undergraduate student research.
  • Graduate Student Lounge. This monthly project is for graduate¬†students¬†in sociology across universities, states, and countries to talk about practical topics related to academia, careers, advising, teaching, and much more.
  • Merchandise. Members may purchase an honor cord to wear at their graduation ceremony, lapel pins, t-shirts, and other AKD paraphernalia.
  • AKD Members who are Civil Service employees meet one of the requirements for entrance at the GS-7 level (an increase in pay-grade) if they list AKD membership on their applications (providing they enter at the GS-5 level).
  • Social Media allows for opportunities to network with other members of the Society and professionals in the sociology field. Join us on our public Facebook and Twitter, and LinkedIn page.
  • Voting members may participate in Officer elections and receive a one-year subscription to Sociological Inquiry.

Chapter Membership Benefits

AKD chapters are important in the academic, professional, and social lives of students and faculty members. They provide opportunities for initiating and sharing activities in keeping with the purposes of the Society.

Other Benefits

  • Teaching and Learning Workshops. Alpha Kappa Delta sponsors Teaching and Learning Workshops at various regional sociology meetings. AKD typically funds up to three Fellows to attend the workshop.
  • Alpha Kappa Delta sponsors a Distinguished Lecture series at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.
  • Alpha Kappa Delta contributes $18,000 annually to the American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program.