The winner of the Professorship has the opportunity to prepare their lectures for publication in a monograph series that the Oxford University Press has created featuring Phi Beta Kappa Romanell Lectures.
The Oxford University Press: Romanell Lectures
All Talked Out: Naturalism and the Future of Philosophy by J.D. Trout
Tragic Failures: How and Why We are Harmed by Toxic Chemicals by Carl F. Cranor
What do Philosophers Do? Skepticism and the Practice of Philosophy by Penelope Maddy
The 3-year rolling nomination form is to be completed by a Phi Beta Kappa Chapter Officer. If a nominee is not selected, he/she will remain in the candidate pool for the subsequent two years. The nomination form must include the following:
For all nominations, use this form.
- A brief explanation of the nominee’s current philosophical interests and how the nominee meets the following criteria: “The Romanell-Phi Beta Kappa Professorship in Philosophy is intended to recognize not only the distinguished achievement but also the recipient’s contribution or potential contribution to public understanding of philosophy.”
- The nominee’s curriculum vitae.
- Two letters, only, of support for the nominee. One of the letters should come from someone outside the sheltering institution.
- Three brief paragraphs outlining the overall scope or thesis of the proposed lecture series, as delivered in three parts. This need not be considered a binding proposal and can be written by the nominee.
- A Professorship nominee is not required to be a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
- All nominations must be submitted to the National Office by a Phi Beta Kappa Chapter.
- Each chapter is invited to submit one nomination per year.
The nominating chapter, should its nominee be selected as the Romanell Professor, is responsible for scheduling, organizing, and publicizing the lecture series. This includes any necessary communications with the Romanell Professor, Department of Philosophy, and/or the sheltering institution. The Phi Beta Kappa National Office will assist in publicity for the event(s) and upon receipt of a proposed budget, will provide the Chapter with up to $1,000 to help cover costs associated with the lecture series.