Organizational Awards

Ray and Pat Browne Award for contributions to the popular arts:

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. Past recipients include Martin Sheen, John Dykstra, and Doug Jones.


bell hooks Legacy Award:

This award honors bell hooks, the renowned professor, feminist scholar, and social activist, who taught at institutions such as Stanford, Yale, and Berea College. One of the most influential scholars of her generation, she wrote more than thirty books and contributed articles to Time, Ms., and Essence magazine, among others. Her work centers on dismantling systems of oppression with the distinct goals of uplifting members of historically marginalized populations and striving for social justice, all while teaching acceptance, compassion, and love.

This award recognizes a member of the Popular Culture Association for consistent and outstanding engagement over the last 5 years in traditional and other types of work that exemplify hooks’ principles in two of the following areas: Teaching (classroom instruction, training, mentoring), Research (publications, presentations, podcasting), and Service (institutional, organizational, community)

Additional information and nomination process can be found here.


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 selected by a committee chosen by the President  of the PCA and approved by the PCA Governing Board.  The award honors Lynn Bartholome, longest serving president of both the PCA and combined PCA/ACA. She has also served the organization as an area chair, board member, and board treasurer. Past recipients include Jane Caputi, David Feldman, Thomas Inge, Susan Koppelman, and Emily Toth.



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 selected by a committee chosen by the president of the PCA and approved by the PCA Governing Board. Past recipients include Michael Schoenecke, John Bratzel, Lynn Bartholome, and Michael Marsden.



This award is given annually to an officer, board member, or member (past or present) who has made significant contributions to the PCA-ACA.  Nominations for this award are submitted to and approved by the PCA Governing Board. Past Recipients include Marty Knepper, Gary Hoppenstand, Kathy Merlock Jackson, Doug Noverr, Lynn Bartholome, Diane Calhoun French, and Philip Simpson.



Awards are presented 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 including the Vice-President of Area Chairs and the President of the PCA. These awards are named after two former presidents: Felicia Campbell (PCA) and David Sokol (ACA).


PresidentIAL 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.