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About Chapter Advisors

Chapter Advisors are vital to a healthy chapter. They should be available to the officers and members of the chapter and should offer guidance when necessary, while at the same time allowing the students to develop their own ideas and leadership capabilities.

Over 40 percent of Sigma Tau Delta chapters have more than one Advisor. One of the advantages of having multiple Advisors is being able to share Advisor responsibilities.


Every active chapter must have at least one Chapter Advisor. For chapters with multiple Advisors, one Advisor must be designated as the chapter’s Lead Advisor (the primary liaison for Society communications and mailings).

Chapter Advisor(s) shall:

  • be a faculty member or administrator at the school housing the chapter
  • have at least one degree in English or in a closely related field
  • be considered a member of the chapter he/she sponsors (the Society induction fee is waived for Chapter Advisors)
  • be designated as a Chapter Advisor in Write Away, Sigma Tau Delta’s online chapter management system
    How to add or edit Chapter Advisors in Write Away


Chapter Advisor duties may be as follows:

  • Plan an orientation for all chapter officers.
  • Attend meetings of the officers and the chapter.
  • Check the grade point averages for prospective members.
  • Distribute promptly to the members any information that comes from the Central Office.
  • Encourage students to submit original work for possible publication in the Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle, Sigma Tau Delta  Review, and the WORDY by Nature blog, and verify that it is their original work.
  • Encourage students to attend the international convention.
  • Encourage students to submit original work for possible presentation at the international convention and verify that it is their original work.
  • Encourage students to apply for Sigma Tau Delta scholarships, awards, and internships.
  • Store the chapter's records and provide continuity for the chapter from year to year.
  • Serve as the administrator for Write Away.
  • Designate chapter officers in Write Away.