University of Vermont

Master of Public Administration

MPA Awards and Honors

Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society


Pi Alpha Alpha Inductees 2008
Induction of new members into the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society in 2008 by Pi Alpha Alpha Vermont Chapter President Ricardo Johnson and other Pi Alpha Alpha members.

Membership in PAA is limited to persons who demonstrate academic achievement in public affairs and administration program in NASPAA member schools and/or outstanding public service, and who fall within the following classes: student, alumni, faculty and honorary. All memberships are national memberships with a local chapter affiliation. All categories of membership enjoy the same rights and privileges.

Masters Degree Student Memberships – Students may be inducted from among the master’s degree students in the department, institute, or school wherever the Pi Alpha Alpha chapter membership is based provided:

1. They have maintained a GPA of at least 3.7. A chapter may set higher GPA requirements if it chooses.

2. Master degree students must have completed at least fifty percent (50%) of the required course work (a minimum of 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours). A chapter may set a higher percent of completion if it chooses.

Alumni Memberships – Those who meet all the requirements of student membership but who have graduated before induction by a local chapter may be inducted as alumni members. Student members become alumni members upon graduation.

Faculty Memberships - Any full-time member of a NASPAA member institution faculty, offering course work in a public affairs or administration degree program at which a Pi Alpha Alpha chapter is located, may be elected to faculty membership by the chapter.

Honorary Memberships – Honorary membership is appropriate for any person who has achieved distinction in public administration and who possesses the distinguished qualities that Pi Alpha Alpha fosters. Local chapters may induct as many as two individuals per year without express approval of the National Council. Honorary membership should be bestowed prudently so as to recognize outstanding accomplishment that will bring added honor to Pi Alpha Alpha, the chapter, and the individual. Prior to induction of more than two honorary members, the local chapter must request approval of the National Council. (See Section VI, “Honorary Memberships.”)

For more information regarding the Pi Alpha Alpha honor society please see thier Web-site at:  http://www.naspaa.org/initiatives/honor.asp

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