Professional Fraternity Association
The Professional Fraternity Association (PFA) is an association of national, collegiate, professional fraternities and sororities that was formed in 1978. Since PFA groups are discipline-specific, members join while pursuing graduate (law, medicine, etc.) degrees as well as undergraduate (business, engineering, etc.) degrees. PFA groups seek to develop their members professionally in addition to the social development commonly associated with general fraternities. Membership requirements of the PFA are broad enough to include groups that do not recruit new members from a single professional discipline. The PFA has welcomed service and honor fraternities as members; however, Greek letter honor societies more commonly belong to the Association of College Honor Societies.
The Professional Panhellenic Association (PPA), for women's groups, was founded in 1925, and the Professional Interfraternity Conference (PIC), for men's groups, was founded in 1928. These groups came about due to rapid growth among all types of fraternities during the late 1920s. On March 2–3, 1928, delegates from 27 professional fraternities came together in Washington, DC to organize the PIC. Jarvis Butler of Sigma Nu Phi was elected as the first president, and Stroud Jordan of Alpha Chi Sigma was elected as the first Secretary-treasurer.
The PFA resulted from the merger of the Professional Interfraternity Conference and the Professional Panhellenic Association in 1978. The merger itself was the result of the impact of Title IX on most fraternal groups with professional affiliations.
|Alpha Kappa Psi||1904||Business||216||326||259,000||PIC Charterer, PFA Charterer|
|Alpha Rho Chi||1914||Architecture||20||30||5,500||PIC Charterer, PFA Charterer|
|Alpha Phi Omega||1925||Service||361||733||350,000|
|Alpha Chi Sigma||1902||Chemistry||49||97||65,000||PIC Charterer, PFA Charterer|
|Alpha Omega Epsilon||1983||Engineering||25||26||2,000|
|Delta Epsilon Mu||1996||Pre-health|
|Delta Theta Phi||1900||Law||125,000||PIC Charterer, Not member in 1933, PFA Charterer|
|Delta Kappa Alpha||1936||Cinema||12||9,000|
|Delta Omicron||1909||Music||27,000||PPA Charterer, PFA Charterer|
|Delta Sigma Pi||1907||Business||223||293||270,000||PIC Charterer, PFA Charterer|
|Epsilon Nu Tau||2008||Entrepreneurship|
|Theta Tau||1904||Engineering||50||58||30,000||PIC Charterer, member of PIC in 1968|
|Kappa Epsilon||1921||Pharmaceutical||24,400||Member of PPA in 1968, PFA Charterer|
|Kappa Kappa Psi||1919||Band||196||313||66,000|
|Kappa Psi||1879||Pharmaceutical||75||125||80,000||PIC Charterer, PFA Charterer|
|Lambda Kappa Sigma||1913||Pharmacy||19,000||Voted to join PPA in 1938, Member of PPA in 1968, PFA Charterer|
|Mu Phi Epsilon||1903||Music||75,000||Member of PPA in 1968, PFA Charterer|
|Pi Sigma Epsilon||1952||Marketing||60,000|
|Rho Pi Phi||1919||Pharmaceutical||10,000||Joined PIC in 1949, not a member in 1957, Member of PIC in 1968, PFA Charterer|
|Sigma Alpha Iota||1903||Music||105,376||PPA Charterer, PFA Charterer|
|Tau Beta Sigma||1946||Band||21,000|
|Phi Alpha Delta||1902||Law||260,000||PIC Charterer, Not member of PIC in 1933, member in 1950, PFA Charterer|
|Phi Beta||1912||Creative and performing arts||3||55||30,000||PPA Charterer, PFA Charterer|
|Phi Gamma Nu||1924||Business||10||115||35,000||Member of PPA in 1968, PFA Charterer|
|Phi Delta Epsilon||1904||Medicine||33,000||Joined PIC in 1928, member of PIC in 1968, PFA Charterer|
|Phi Delta Chi||1883||Pharmacy||43,000||PIC Charterer, member of PIC in 1968|
|Phi Sigma Pi||1916||Honors||31,000||Joined PIC in 1928|
|Phi Chi Theta||1924||Business||47,000||PPA Charterer, PFA Charterer|
|Omega Tau Sigma||1906||Veterinary||8,000||Joined PIC in 1956, member of PIC in 1968, PFA Charterer|
|Pershing Rifles||1894||Military sciences|
|Alpha Delta Theta||1944||Medical technology||Member of PPA in 1968, PFA Charterer|
|Alpha Delta Sigma||1913||Advertising||PIC Charterer, merged with Gamma Alpha Chi (similar for women) in 1969|
|Alpha Kappa Kappa||1889||Medicine||Joined PIC in 1928, member of PIC in 1968|
|Alpha Sigma Alpha||1901||Education||PPA membership alongside membership in Association of Education Sororities which was later merged with National Panhellenic Conference|
|Alpha Tau Delta||1921||Nursing||10,000||Member of PPA in 1968, PFA Charterer|
|Alpha Omega||1907||Dentistry||15,000||PIC Charterer Joined PIC in 1954 PFA Charterer|
|Beta Alpha Psi||1919||Accounting||PIC Charterer, now an honorary organization|
|Gamma Eta Gamma||1901||Law||PIC Charterer, member of PIC in 1968|
|Gamma Iota Sigma||1965||Insurance||13,000|
|Delta Epsilon Iota||1994||Career Development|
|Delta Sigma Delta||1882||Dentistry||Joined PIC in 1933, Member of PIC in 1968, PFA Charterer|
|Delta Psi Kappa||1916||Physical education||Member of PPA in 1968, PFA Charterer|
|Epsilon Eta Phi||1927||Commerce and business administration||Member of PPA in 1968, Merged with Phi Chi Theta in 1973|
|Zeta Phi Eta||1893||Communication arts and sciences||Member of PPA in 1968, PFA Charterer|
|Theta Kappa Psi||1879||Medicine||PIC Charterer individually, PFA Charterer as part of Phi Beta Pi-Theta Kappa Psi|
|Theta Sigma Upsilon||1921||Education||PPA membership alongside membership in Association of Education Sororities which was later merged with National Panhellenic Conference|
|Theta Sigma Phi||1909||Journalism||PPA Charterer, member of PPA in 1968|
|Iota Sigma Pi||1902||Chemistry||PPA Charterer, member of PPA in 1968|
|Kappa Alpha Pi||2007||Law||8||800|
|Kappa Beta Pi||1908||Law||PPA Charterer, PFA Charterer|
|Kappa Delta Epsilon||1933||Education||44,000||Member of PPA in 1968, PFA Charterer|
|Kappa Eta Kappa||1923||Electrical engineering||PIC Charterer|
|Kappa Phi Kappa||1922||Education||PIC Charterer|
|Nu Sigma Nu||1882||Medicine||Joined PIC in 1933|
|Xi Psi Phi||1889||Dentistry||Joined PIC in 1933, Member of PIC in 1968, PFA Charterer|
|Omicron Delta Kappa||1914||Leadership||PIC Charterer, originally a men's leadership fraternity; now a co-ed honorary organization|
|Omicron Nu||1912||Home economics||PPA Charterer|
|Pi Lambda Theta||1910||Education||PPA Charterer|
|Sigma Delta Kappa||1914||Law||Joined PIC in 1933, Member of PIC in 1968, PFA Charterer|
|Sigma Delta Chi||1909||Journalism||Joined PIC in 1941|
|Sigma Nu Phi||1903||Law||PIC Charterer, not a PIC member in 1957 merged with Delta Theta Phi in 1989|
|Sigma Sigma Sigma||1898||Education||PPA Charterer, PPA membership alongside membership in Association of Education Sororities which was later merged with National Panhellenic Conference|
|Sigma Phi Delta||1924||Engineering||8,000||Joined PIC in 1929, Junior member as of 1933 Member of PIC in 1968, PFA charterer|
|Phi Beta Gamma||1922||Law||PIC Charterer, member of PIC in 1968|
|Phi Beta Pi||1891||Medicine||PIC Charterer individually, PFA Charterer as part of Phi Beta Pi-Theta Kappa Psi|
|Phi Delta Gamma||1924||Forensic||PIC Charterer|
|Phi Delta Delta||1911||Law||PPA Charterer, merged with Phi Alpha Delta|
|Phi Delta Kappa||1906||Education||Joined PIC in 1928|
|Phi Delta Pi||1916||Physical education||PPA Charterer, member of PPA in 1968|
|Phi Delta Phi||1869||Law||Joined PIC in 1938, member of PIC in 1968|
|Phi Epsilon Kappa||1913||Physical education||Joined PIC in 1928, member of PIC in 1968|
|Phi Lambda Kappa||1907||Medicine||Joined PIC in 1938, member of PIC in 1968|
|Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia||1898||Music||Joined PIC in 1954, PFA Charterer, left the PFA in 2007, reverted to its historical founding as a social fraternity|
|Phi Rho Sigma||1890||Medicine||33,000||PIC Charterer, PFA Charterer|
|Phi Upsilon Omicron||1909||Home Economics||PPA Charterer|
|Phi Chi||1889||Medicine||Joined PIC in 1928, member of PIC in 1968, PFA Charterer|
|Chi Beta Phi||1916||Science||PIC Charterer|
|Psi Omega||1892||Dentistry||PIC Charterer, PFA Charterer|
|Omega Upsilon Phi||1894||Medicine||PIC Charterer, still member in 1933, no longer member in 1957|
|Scabbard and Blade||1904||Military||PIC Charterer|
|Scarab||1909||Architecture||PIC Charterer, PIC member in 1933, no longer member in 1957|
- Note 1: PIC Charterer indicates participation in the "Preparatory Conference" at the Hamilton Hotel, Washington, D.C., on March 2 and 3, 1928.:13
- Note 2: PPA Charterer indicates ratification of the provisional constitution of the PPA by the Second Annual Conference on November 26, 1926.:14
- Note 3: PFA Charterer indicates membership in good standing in the PPA or PIC at the time of the merger and thus by the agreement of the joint conference in October 1977, charter members.:15
- Note 4: Membership in 1968 only included in notes if group was not a charterer for both PPA/PIC and PFA.
- "New Members Approved" (PDF). Professional Fraternity Association. Summer 2013: 2.
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- Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities. Menasha, WI;George Banta Company, Incorporated. 1957.
- "Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity Sourcebook" (2013-2014 ed.).
- "Barrister News, Volume 1, Number 4, Fall Semester, 1955". The Portal to Texas History. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- report of the Professional Interfraternity Conference 1933
- "Alumni Spotlight: Gig Wright". Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities. Menasha,WI;George Banta Company, Incorporated. 1968.
- LKS History
- Professional Fraternities by Professional Interfraternity Conference - 1950
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- "PFA Board Meeting Minutes September 2015" (Word Document).
- Edith Manzell (October 1944). "The Report of the Association of Education Sororities Representative". The Anchor. p. 20.
- Phi Chi Theta Bylaws - August 2014
- The Literary Scroll Vol 2 No 2 (February 1929)
- "The Archi Pledge" (PDF) (2013 ed.). Retrieved February 1, 2016.
- The Archi of Alpha Rho Chi V IX, No. 7 April 30, 1928, p1