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Since its founding, Phi Kappa Phi has initiated more than 1.5 million members into its ranks; all of these members have received emblems and certificates of membership. However, Phi Kappa Phi is much more than an emblem and a line on résumé. It is a global network composed of the best and brightest from all academic disciplines - a community of scholars and professionals building an enduring legacy for future generations.


  • POSTED May 21

    Shop the Phi Kappa Phi Online Store

    Show your Phi Kappa Phi pride with official Society-branded gear! The Phi Kappa Phi online store features a large selection of products from dressy polos to graduation regalia and everything in between. You can even customize a frame for your initiation certificate!
  • POSTED May 17

    Student Vice President Leadership Summit Deadline Extended

    The deadline to submit your application for the 2019 Student Vice President Leadership Summit has been extended to Friday, May 31. This year’s Summit will be held July 11-14 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • POSTED May 17

    Lumosity Discount Increased to 35 Percent

    Lumos Labs believes in helping people keep their brains challenged. That's why they created a simple online tool to allow anyone to exercise core cognitive abilities. Lumosity recently increased the Phi Kappa Phi member discount to 35%!

Chapter Update

NSU Book Drive 2019 Brigett Scott and Celia Andresen
Chapters recently wrapped up successful Book Drives on April 30. The participating chapters collected more than 10,000 books! A few of these chapters utilized creative ideas to collect as many books as possible for their deserving recipient organizations. See one group's idea highlighted this month.

The deadline to apply for the Student Vice President Leadership Summit is also approaching.

Read the latest Chapter Update get updates from Chapter Communications Director Kay White.

Highlight Your Membership

When it's time to apply for a job, scholarship or graduate program, be sure to highlight your membership in the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Phi Kappa Phi provides members with Society logo graphics, membership verification letters, personalized press releases and much more.

Executive Director’s Blog

  • Mar 19, 2019

    Still learning

    When he was 87, the year before his death, Michelangelo reportedly wrote on the edge of a drawing the words "ancora imparo," translated as “I am still learning.” I’ve kept those words on my office wall in whatever venue I find myself. They serve as a reminder that we can learn from every experience.

Previous Posts

  • Dec 11, 2018

    Once upon a Time ...

    In the opening words from her essay, “Why History Matters,” in her masterful book of the same name, noted historian Gerda Lerner speaks directly not only to the work of her profession, but also to the work of each of us. At the same time she connects the theme of this issue of the "Forum" — story — to that of the previous issue — identity.
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  • Nov 20, 2018

    Pay it Forward on #GivingTuesday

    I’ll be traveling on #GivingTuesday – to install our newest chapter, #350 -- but that won’t stop me from hitting that iDonate button on our website. I encourage you to do the same, to take a moment wherever you are and consider making a gift to Phi Kappa Phi to support our awards programs.
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  • Oct 11, 2018

    What Is Phi Kappa Phi to You?

    Identity is one of those terms often taken for granted. Some say, “I know who I am, so I don’t have to dwell on it.” But let’s do dwell on for a bit. Identity is something we each have individually, but it’s also something organizations have. Identities change; history makes that clear.
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  • Jun 05, 2018

    Power: n., energy, force or momentum

    Were you perhaps the slightest bit uneasy to see the word power on the front cover of this issue of the Forum? Did you perhaps pause before opening the pages to imagine how multiple meanings of that single word might be employed by the writers and columnists?
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  • Mar 20, 2018

    Women Hold up Half the Sky

    Some years ago, while teaching a women’s studies class, I noticed several male students looking through the window of the classroom door. They later said they were curious about what went on in women’s studies, since the enrollment was overwhelmingly female.
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  • Nov 30, 2017

    Happy Days ... Not So Much

    The late comedian Dick Gregory is noted for saying, “One of the things I keep learning is that the secret of being happy is doing things for other people.” Gregory admits to being a lifelong learner, a habit many Phi Kappa Phi members share.
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  • Nov 21, 2017

    Pay it Forward on #GivingTuesday

    A friend once told me of her participation in a silent auction in which she bid on a Pay It Forward basket full of small amount gift cards. The only stipulation was that the winner distribute all the gift cards rather than keeping any for herself.
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  • Sep 27, 2017

    Feeding a New Network

    Celebrations and food just go together. What Phi Kappa Phi chapter marks initiation without at least some finger food, cookies, or cake, if not a dinner or banquet?
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  • May 18, 2017

    Taking It to the Streets

    We met in the basement of our organizer’s parents’ home to plan our protests. I’m not sure what we were thinking, as his father was a member of the faculty at the university where we were students, but we were young and it was 1968 and that’s what students did: protest.
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  • Mar 15, 2017

    Digging in the Dirt

    I have a friend who is an inveterate gardener. It’s no surprise she grew up on a farm. She has a large garden on her property and tends it with care year round, and her household enjoys her garden’s harvest of fresh vegetables year round as well.
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  • Nov 21, 2016

    On the Move

    A friend once teased, in reference to my career path in higher ed administration, that I was collecting houses along the way. He wasn’t wrong — at one point, thanks to the burst housing bubble, I owned two townhomes and was renting a third. Ouch.
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  • Sep 27, 2016

    Too Much Information?

    You’ve probably seen, or said in exasperation, the expression TMI. Too much information! That’s an understandable response in these days of 24/7 cable news and incessant email and text alerts.
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  • May 20, 2016

    Going for Gold

    Each year I am invited by a few chapters to speak at their initiation ceremonies. I always learn something on these campus visits — the diversity of higher education institutions assures great variety in the events.
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  • Jun 19, 2015

    Learning to Think

    The daily newsfeed Inside Higher Ed reported recently that, while two-thirds of students considered themselves adequately prepared to enter college, only 20% felt the same about entering the workforce upon graduation. The data, from McGraw-Hill’s 2015 workforce readiness survey, reveal a striking disconnect between students’ expectations and their experience.
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  • Aug 26, 2014

    Convention Reflections

    Honor. Excellence. Impact. These three words served as the theme of the 43rd convention of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi this past August. But these words were not only prominently displayed on materials banners and material, they were embedded in all aspects of the convention program.
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  • Jan 01, 2014

    Amen to That

    I have been known to refer to myself as a church brat. I grew up in a parsonage in the near west suburbs of Chicago, and, as a late child whose teenage siblings soon left home, the church next door felt to me like an annex to our house.
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  • Nov 20, 2013

    A Reason to Smile

    One place you don’t hear a lot of laughter these days is in airports. Between the necessary expectation of no joking in security lines to the increasing number of announcements regarding flight delays and/or cancellations, there’s not much joy in flying anymore.
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  • Nov 20, 2013

    On the Horizon of Change

    In one of my favorite books, Their Eyes Were Watching God, author Zora Neale Hurston uses the metaphor of the horizon in introducing her readers to her story and her storyteller, Janie, whose life was a quest to go to the horizon and back.
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