About the Award
The Phi Beta Kappa Society proudly awards the Romanell-Phi Beta Kappa Professorship annually to scholars in the field of philosophy without restriction to any one school of philosophical thought. The professorship recognizes both distinguished achievement and the recipient’s contribution or potential contribution to public understanding of philosophy. Established in 1983, the endowment honors Patrick Romanell (ΦBK, Brooklyn College), H.Y. Benedict Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas, El Paso, and his wife, Edna Romanell.
Consisting of three lectures to be offered at or near the awardee’s home institution, this Professorship offers an exceptional opportunity for Phi Beta Kappa chapters to champion the liberal arts and sciences on their campus, showcase deserving philosophy faculty from their own institutions, and foster greater public dialogue on important philosophical questions.
The professorship carries a stipend of $7,500, which will be awarded in addition to the recipient’s regular salary. The professorship is not renewable. The recipient will be expected to give a series of three special lectures during the year of the professorship. The lectures are to be given on or near the awardee’s home institution and must be open to the general public as well as to the academic community.