Eminent Scholar Award: This award recognizes significant contributions by a scholar working in a field under the umbrella of Popular or American culture. The award, started in 2015, formalizes our tradition of honoring scholarly work at the PCA/ACA. Those honored are are selected by a committee chosen by the President of the PCA/ACA and approved by the PCA/ACA Governing Board.
Association Award: This award is not given every year and is reserved for those individuals who have made extraordinary, significant, and far-reaching contributions to the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association. Those honored are are selected by a committee chosen by the President of the PCA/ACA and approved by the PCA/ACA Governing Board.
Area Chair Awards: Awards are given each year at the national conference to two area chairs who have distinguished themselves by their contribution to PCA/ACA. Long-service, building participation in their areas, and professionalism are the hallmarks of the winner of these awards. Recipients are selected by a committee composed of the Vice-President of Area Chairs, the President of the PCA/ACA, and the Executive Directors of the PCA/ACA.
President’s Award: These awards are given to those individuals who have contributed to the PCA/ACA in a variety of ways. Recipients in the past include leaders of the regional and international PCA/ACA organizations as well as individuals from business and industry. The awards are determined by the President of the PCA/ACA.