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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 Jul 17

    Phi Kappa Phi Announces 2018 Literacy Grant Recipients

    Phi Kappa Phi is excited to announce its 2018 Literacy Grant recipients. The grants of up to $2,500 were awarded to 13 Phi Kappa Phi members across the nation.
  • POSTED Jul 16

    Share Your Success with Merit

    Promote your successes such as being initiated into the Society, receiving an award, becoming a chapter officer, attending Phi Kappa Phi events and more through Merit - Phi Kappa Phi's member achievement program.
  • POSTED Jul 13

    Vote for Your Favorite Graduation Photo

    Thanks to everyone who submitted photos to our 2018 Spring Graduation Photo Contest! We received more than 700 photos of Phi Kappa Phi members proudly wearing Society recognition apparel on their big day.

Chapter Update


As each academic year brings change to each college and university campus, each biennium brings change to Phi Kappa Phi. The staff at our national office continually strives to develop programming and initiatives that will serve those that work on behalf of the Society. Our announcement of a new program, the Circle of Honor Chapter Awards, came earlier this year, but the purpose of this update is to explain it a bit further.

The Circle of Honor program breaks chapter health and achievement down into two main parts – the Circle of Engagement and Circle of Excellence awards. These awards, given once a year, will recognize chapters for work in promoting excellence on the local campus and engaging the community of scholars. These awards utilize information collected throughout the year, so no extra information needs to be submitted to earn these awards.

2018 Excellence in Innovation Recipient

Western Michigan University has been named as the 2018 recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi Excellence in Innovation Award. The $100,000 award, given biennially, recognizes WMU for achievement in finding a powerful solution to expanding higher education opportunities through the university’s Seita Scholars Program.

Executive Director’s Blog

  • 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?

Previous Posts

  • 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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