Delta Phi Alpha to Join AATG in 2024

Institution News,

The AATG and Delta Phi Alpha, the national collegiate academic honor society, are excited to announce a merger starting in January 2024! 

Delta Phi Alpha was founded in 1929 at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. After numerous discussions with the boards of directors of AATG and Delta Phi Alpha, as well as meetings with constituent chapters of Delta Phi Alpha, a vote was taken in October of 2023, resulting in a formal merger with AATG to occur in 2024.

“We are thrilled to continue the mission of Delta Phi Alpha at AATG.” said AATGExecutive Director Michael Shaughnessy. “AATG already operates three German Academic honor societies, so working with Delta Phi Alpha is a natural extension of both organizations’ missions. With our recent transformative donation pledge, this positions AATG to provide significant support to postsecondary programs in the coming decade. While many look only at the challenges in higher education, AATG is working to provide meaningful action on behalf of students and programs. We believe that access and support is the key to growth, and we are working to make this a reality.” 

The AATG would like to formally thank the Delta Phi Alpha chapters, board of directors, and particularly Cathy Altmeyer, for their tireless dedication in supporting undergraduate and graduate German students. We are already working on finalizing logistics for 2024 and look forward to recognizing college-level programs in the future. 

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What can chapters expect: 

  • Seamless continuation of inductions through AATG starting in early January 
  • Improved shipping operations through AATG including end-to-end tracking 
  • New payment options through
  • Dedicated staff to support the mission of Delta Phi Alpha in perpetuity 
  • Formation of a new postsecondary committee to manage scholarships and initiatives 
  • Establishment of dedicated, endowed funds to support Delta Phi Alpha students through scholarships
  • Increased visibility of Delta Phi Alpha Chapter initiatives as well as improved outreach to increase access to student funding
  • New programs, new products, and new initiatives through AATG (e.g. Digital Certificates to support sustainability initiatives) 

The AATG is working to strengthen the collaboration and communication between faculty, teachers and students of German at all levels, as well as to enhance the visibility and prestige of the German program in schools and colleges. In this initiative, the AATG will provide direct administrative support, professional financial oversight, and online services for the ΔΦΑ chapters and their members.


Delta Phi Alpha (ΔΦΑ), the German National Academic Honor Society is the sole post-secondary national honorary society for German studies in the United States. Delta Phi Alpha seeks to recognize excellence in the study of German and to provide an incentive for higher scholarship. The Society aims to promote the study of the German language, literature, and civilization and endeavors to emphasize those aspects of German life and culture which are of universal value, and which contribute to humanity's eternal search for peace and truth.  

AATG, the American Association of Teachers of German: Founded in 1926, the AATG is the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to the promotion of the study of the German-speaking world in all its linguistic, cultural and ethnic diversity, and endeavors to prepare students as transnational, transcultural learners and active, multilingual participants in a globalized world.