Chi Tau Honor Society

Part of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Phi Lambda Beta is a national honor society of undergraduate and graduate students who have shown outstanding achievement in the study of Luso-Brazilian language, culture, and literature. Founded by former Brazilian Fulbright FLTA Jeferson Barboza Torres and Dr. Steven Butterman in 2017, Chi Tau is the Phi Lambda Beta chapter at the University of Miami.

The principal objective of our chapter is to build the relationship of Portuguese language speakers locally at the university and as a partner of the national chapter in the United States. We also aim to promote events about the different cultures in the Luso-Afro-Brazilian world. In the future, we hope to provide scholarships in the area and offer a comprehensive database of jobs and internships for members.

If you are a student in the Portuguese program or if you are interested in Luso-Afro-Brazilian cultures, you are welcome to join us and participate in the activities that Phi Lambda Beta offers to its members!

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    • Currently enrolled or have completed at least one course in POR (Luso-Afro-Brazilian Cultural or Literary Studies) at the 300-level or above.
    • Portuguese GPA and overall GPA of at least 3.0.
    • Graduate students who have been unconditionally admitted to a degree-granting program may be elected to membership upon completion of two graduate courses in Portuguese with an average that, if continued, will make them eligible for a graduate degree

    The induction ceremony takes place every Spring Semester, preferably on the week of May 5th, as a tribute to the World Portuguese Language Day.


    Chi Tau Chapter Contact Info

    For questions, please contact Professore Euge Stumm at

    You can also reach us on our Facebook page: UM Portuguese Program

    Department of Modern Languages & Literatures

    University of Miami
    5202 University Drive
    Merrick Building, Room 212
    Coral Gables, FL 33146

    Ph: (305) 284-5585
    Fax: (305) 284-2068


    Steven ButtermanSteven Butterman

    Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures and Director of the Portuguese Language Program since 2000, Steven F. Butterman teaches Portuguese language courses and Brazilian literature and cultural studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami. While at UM, Butterman has also held visiting professor / scholar posts at Middlebury College, Tulane University, the University of São Paulo (USP), and Unilasalle in Canoas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Appointed by the Institute of International Education as 2021-22 U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Brazil, Butterman has delivered over 40 invited talks and keynote addresses at universities throughout Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Butterman is the author of Queering and Querying the Paradise of Paradox: LGBT Language, New Media, and Visual Cultures in Modern-Day Brazil, published by Rowman & Littlefield International in 2021, (In)Visibilidade Vigilante: representações midiáticas da maior parada gay do planeta, published by nVersos, in São Paulo in 2012, and Perversions on Parade: Brazilian Literature of Transgression and Postmodern Anti-Aesthetics in Glauco Mattoso, published in 2005 by San Diego State University Press.


    The following members have earned distinction at Chi Tau Honor Society

    • Alexander Walch Rojas
    • Agatha Dias Mendoza
    • Monica Metcalf


    Commencement cords are used to designate honors at graduation, acknowledging membership in the UM’s Chi Tau Honor Society, nationally recognized by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP).

    The commencement cords can be ordered directly from the (AATSP) store website.


    The Sociedade Honorária de Língua Portuguesa, also known as Phi Lambda Beta, is the Portuguese Collegiate Honor Society of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. The society intends to stimulate greater interest in the advanced study of the Portuguese language, and of Portuguese, African, Asian, and Brazilian cultures and literatures; reward outstanding achievement in the field; and strengthen ties between Portuguese college and university faculty members, their students, and the AATSP.

    Click here to find more information on the National Portuguese Honor Society.