phil simpsonApril 14, 2015 – Titusville Provost Dr. Phil Simpson was recently elected the new Vice President/President-Elect of the Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association (PCA/ACA), a national academic organization.

Simpson will serve first as Vice President and then President in 2017 for a two-year term.

The PCA/ACA is an interdisciplinary scholarly organization comprised of academic professionals and scholars who study popular culture. It offers members publication opportunities in the Journal of Popular Culture and Journal of American Culture. It also sponsors an endowment dedicated to supporting research and scholarly travel.

Simpson began his 21-year affiliation with the PCA/ACA in 1994 as a graduate doctoral student and has presented scholarly work at the organization’s annual conference ever since.

A national popular-culture expert, Simpson has authored three books, numerous book chapters, journal articles and encyclopedia entries.

He has served the PCA as Vice President, 2006-2007; President, 2007-2008; and Area Chair, since 1997, of the following genres: Horror, Stephen King, and the Vampire in Culture, Literature and Film.

In addition, Simpson has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Popular Culture since 2003; as Member-at-Large on the PCA governing board from 2003-2005; and member of the Endowment Board since 2011.

As Vice President/President Elect of the PC/ACA, he wants to reach an even broader audience of popular culture scholars through technology and leveraged partnerships with like-minded scholarly organizations.

“I will exemplify the values of integrity, inclusiveness, open collaboration, and respect for all members’ viewpoints,” said Simpson. “Popular culture has an enormous impact on billions of people around the globe. It both arises from and shapes trends in not only the traditional academic disciplines of the arts and sciences but, indeed, all aspects of culture. It shapes our very thoughts, likes and dislikes. Ultimately, it influences practically every aspect of how we interact with each other in society.”