Phi Kappa Phi

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is a century-old international community of distinguished scholars and professionals. Being interdisciplinary, people from all academic areas of the university may be invited to become members. An initiation ceremony for those who accept our invitation to join is held each spring semester. To date, over 1,800 people have been elected to the Salem State University chapter.

Here at Salem State, the chapter sponsors a speaker at the annual Darwin Festival and has helped co-sponsor such cultural events as a poetry reading and workshop with poets Aeronwy Thomas and Peter Thabit Jones. Each year we also recognize a teacher on the North Shore who is a graduate of the university and who has demonstrated superior teaching in the classroom.

The national Society sponsors a number of fellowship and grant programs. Emerging Scholar Awards and Study Abroad grants are available to any qualifying student from Salem State, while the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship program, Lover of Learning Grants and Literacy Grants are only available to active members of the chapter. For more information, go to

The current officers of the Salem State University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi are:






Jeramie Silveira

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Susan Case



Vicki Morrison



Patricia Buchanan



Who is invited to membership?

You must be invited to join the chapter. Each spring, new members are invited to join the chapter based on their academic record and in accordance with national Society guidelines. These qualifications are:

  • Senior undergraduates who have at least 24 credits at Salem State and who are in the top 10 percent of their graduating class
  • Juniors who have completed 72 credits with at least 24 at Salem State and who are in the top 7.5 percent of their class
  • Graduate and professional students with one year of full time work (or equivalent) and who are in the upper 10 percent of all candidates for graduate or professional degrees in each school
  • Faculty, administrators, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction

2010 Initiates [PDF]

Fellowship Program

Each year, PKP awards fellowships to members entering their first year of graduate or professional study. For more information: 

Love of Learning Initiative

Let the Love of Learning Rule Humanity! is the motto of our national honor society—Phi Kappa Phi. One way our chapter promotes learning at Salem State is by sponsoring a speaker at the annual Darwin Festival. To further promote learning at Salem State—and to improve PKP’s visibility—by providing financial support to other deserving programs (ongoing or new) on campus, chapter members are invited to use the accompanying form to nominate such a program, enabling the chapter to promote learning and giving Phi Kappa Phi wider campus recognition.

Scholar Award

The Phi Kappa Phi Scholar Award honors those who demonstrate the ideals of the Society through their activities, achievements, and scholarship. Awardees receive a $1,000 honorarium, a one year active membership and a recognnition certificate. The Scholar Award recognizes excellence in teaching, research and public service and is awarded once per biennium.

Artist Award

The Phi Kappa Phi Artist Award honors those who demonstrate the ideals of the Society through their activities, achievements, and scholarships. Awardees receive a $1,000 honorarium, a one year active membership, and a recognition certificate. The Artist Award recognizes the achievements of those who, in addition to their outstanding scholarship, have displayed talents in the broad realm of the arts - creative, graphic, performing, visual, and/or fine arts.

Study Abroad

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad grants are designed to support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad.

Literacy Grants

As part of Phi Kappa Phi's mission "to engage the community of scholars in service to others," grants of up to $2,500 are available to champion literacy initiatives.