About The Chapter

Mailing Address

Phi Beta Kappa
Alpha of Tennessee
VU Station B # 350192
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235-0192

 

Membership

Membership in the chapter comprises:

  • Members in course: Undergraduates in the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University may become members-in-course following evalution of qualifications and election by the membership committee.  Once initiated, these individuals remain members of the chapter for life.
  • Alumni members: Graduates of the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University who were not members-in-course may, after fifteen years standing as alumni, be nominated and elected by the Executive Council.
  • Honorary Members: Individuals who are not graduates of Vanderbilt, but who have given “clear evidence of the posession of distinguished scholarly capacities,” may be elected to honorary membership. This typically includes members of the Vanderbilt Faculty.
  • Associate Members: Members of other chapters of Phi Beta Kappa who become officers or members of the teaching staff of Vanderbilt University are invited to become associate members of the Alpha of Tennessee chapter with full priveleges in the conduct of its affairs.  The Executive Council and Membership Committee typically comprise associate members.

 

Meetings

The annual meeting of the Chapter is held in the Spring of each year on the day before graduation for the initiation of new members, for the election of officers, and for the transaction of any other business.  A member of the Vanderbilt community usually presents an address to the new members and their families.

The Chapter invites a prominent speaker to campus for its anniversary meeting, usually held in the first week of December, to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of Phi Beta Kappa in 1776 at the College of William & Mary.

 

Executive Council

Office Name Term
President Valerie Hotchkiss ’18 – ’20
Vice President Kashif Graham ’18 – ’20
Secretary Courtney Travers ’18 – ’20
Treasurer Martha Jones ’18 – ’20
Past President Todd Graham ’18-20
Membership Committee Chair Carl Johnson ’14 – ’18
Membership Committee Chair Catesby Yant ’18 – ’19
Freshman Seminar Essay Award Valerie Hotchkiss ’16 – ’18
Student Representative Alexandra Verzella ’18 – ’19

 

Membership Committee

Carl Johnson (Chair)
 Catesby Yant (Co-Chair)

Chapter Dues

Annual dues for all chapter members are $30. Dues payments and any additional contributions to further the work of the chapter, may be made online or can be sent to:

Martha Jones, Treasurer
PMB 350192
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235-0192

Constitution and By-Laws

At our May 2006 meeting, the Membership approved changes to our Constitution and By-Laws that will permit election to membership of qualified candidates from among the graduating classes of colleges and schools at Vanderbilt other than the College of Arts and Science. These amendments have been forwarded to the national Phi Beta Kappa Society. The details of the proposed amendments may be found in the documents accessible through the following links.

2005 Constitution and By-Laws
Click here for a pdf version of the complete set of proposed changes

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