SALINA – On Wednesday, March 21, the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association announced the election of Dr. David S. Silverman of Kansas Wesleyan University as the next Vice President of Area Chairs and Programming for its national governing board for the next three years.
Dr. Silverman has presented at the conference every year since 2010, and has been the chair of its Animation Division since 2011, winning the David Sokol Area Chair Award in 2016 for his work in reviving this division. His work helps shape the curriculum and conversations he has in his classrooms, as well as provide speakers that he has brought to campus.
Dr. Silverman has also helped two KWU students prepare and present presentations at the conference in 2014 and 2017 respectively.
“Once in a while, I’ll have students want to take a paper to a national conference, and I’ve been fortunate to have been able to help facilitate these,” Dr. Silverman said. “These students have gone as equals–sitting on panels with professors and graduate students from around the globe. For students thinking about graduate school, it’s an incredible opportunity to shine on a national stage.”
“This organization has been an important part of Dr. Silverman’s scholarly work, and we are proud that he has earned and been recognized with this notable leadership position. We look forward to his continued successes in this new role,” said Dr. Damon Kraft, Provost Kansas Wesleyan University.
The position, which Dr. Silverman will assume at the end of the 2018 conference in Indianapolis next week, includes a full travel stipend to cover his expenses to the next three annual conferences, as well as mid-year governing board meetings. His duties will include managing the process of choosing, replacing, recruiting, and supporting of Area Chairs; fostering clear and succinct communication between and among the Area Chairs as well as between the Area Chairs and the President, Governing Board, and Executive Director; ensuring the quality of papers and presentations given at the annual conference; offering advice to the President and the Governing Board on issues related to the Area Chairs; and serving as the Chair of the Programming Committee.
According to Dr. Silverman, the association’s annual conference consists of anywhere between 2500 and 4000 scholars, academics, and working professionals across all disciplines across 116 divisions ranging from animation to vampire culture.