April 26, 2006 English Department
Dr. Marty Knepper, professor and chair of English at Morningside College, received the Popular Culture Association’s Governing Board Award honoring her outstanding contributions to popular culture studies and service to the organization. Knepper received the award during a reception held in her honor at the national conference of the Popular Culture Association (PCA)/American Culture Association (ACA) held in April in Atlanta, Ga. The PCA presents one of these awards each year.
Knepper has been active with the PCA since 1978. She was president of the organization from 1991 to 1993, and has served as vice-president, area chair coordinator, council member-at-large, member of the Nye Award committee, and chair for both the Women’s Studies and Mystery and Detective Fiction areas. She is also a member of the American Culture Association.
She has written articles, presented papers, and spoken widely on mystery and detective fiction, women’s issues, film, and writing. She has served on the Iowa Humanities Board and is currently a member of the editorial board of Clues, an academic journal on crime fiction. In 1993, she received the Iowa Council of Teachers of English Literacy Award.
Knepper has been a member of Morningside’s faculty since 1984. She is advisor for the Morningside College chapters of Alpha Lambda Delta, a national honor society for first year students, and Alpha Psi Omega, a national theatre honor society. She is a founder member of Morningside’s Friday is Writing Day committee.
Knepper holds a bachelor’s degree from Morningside College, a master’s degree in English from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, and a doctorate in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.