Ray and Pat Browne Award: This award recognizes significant contributions by a practitioner or institution in Popular Culture. The award, started in 2014, honors the memory of the organization’s founders, Ray and Pat Browne, and continues a long tradition they started of honoring significant figures in Popular Culture.
Lynn Bartholome 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. Those honored are are selected by a committee chosen by the President of the PCA and approved by the PCA 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 and approved by the PCA 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. 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, and the Executive Directors of the PCA.
President’s Award: These awards are given to those individuals who have contributed to the PCA in a variety of ways. Recipients in the past include leaders of the regional and international PCA organizations as well as individuals from business and industry. The awards are determined by the President of the PCA.