|Awards of the Polish American Historical Association
Amicus Poloniae Award -
Creative Arts Prize -
Distinguished Service Award -
Graduate Student Paper Award -
Miecislaus Haiman Award -
Oskar Halecki Prize -
Honorary Membership -
Kulczycki Prize (Books) -
Skalny Civic Achievement Award -
Swastek Prize (Best Article)
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
This award is given to a member of PAHA
who has rendered valuable and sustained service to the organization.
2016 - Dr. Stephen Leahy
Dr. Stephen Leahy of Shantou University, China, received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his crucial role as the
co-founder and moderator of PAHA’s Facebook group. This role is just one of his many achievements as a long-time PAHA Board member, dedicated to
the promotion of the association and its research interests world-wide.
2015 - Dr. Pien Versteegh
The 2015 Award was presented to Dr. Pien Versteegh. Her role as executive director of PAHA since 2007 years has been vital to the smooth and successful operation of
the organization and its annual meetings. As Dean of the Avans School of International Studies at the Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda, Netherlands
she directs two bachelor programs: International Business and Management Studies (IBMS) and International Financial Management (IFM). Her own scholarly interests
focus on Migration/ and Ethnicity and her contributions as a scholar and as a PAHA officer are a model of service and scholarship to the academic community.
2014 - Dr. Maja Trochimczyk
Dr. Trochimczyk is PAHA's Newsletter Editor and Online Communications Director. She updated and
expanded the organization's internal and external online and print communications including the newsletters,
marketing materials, blog (PAHAnews.blogspot.com), and social media. A member of the PAHA Board since in 2009,
Dr. Trochimczyk previously received the PAHA's Swastek Prize in 2007 for the best article published in Polish
American Studies, "The Impact of Mazowsze and Slask on Polish Folk Dancing in California"
(Vol. 63, No. 1, Spring 2006). A music historian and a poet, Dr. Trochimczyk published six books on music
and five of poetry, including, most recently, Frederic Chopin: A Research and Information Guide (co-edited
with William Smialek, Routledge, June 2015)
and a poetry collection, Slicing the Bread (Finishing Line Press, 2014) based on her parents'
childhood memories of WWII.
2013 - Anna Jaroszynska-Kirchmann
PAHA's former President (2007-2009),
and first Vice President (2004-2007), a former member of Awards
Committee, Associate Editor of the Polish American Encyclopedia (ed. by
James Pula), serves on the editorial board of Polish American Studies.
Dr. Jaroszynska-Kirchmann teaches at the Eastern Connecticut State
University, continuously rendering excellent service to PAHA; PAHA board
member for many years she has been instrumental in developing new
strategies, alert in PAHA's PR activities. Recipient of many prestigious
awards, Dr. Jaroszynska-Kirchmann has devoted her time and her skill to
the organization caring for the study and promotion of the Polish-
American history and culture with visible, positive results.
2012 - Thaddeus V. Gromada & the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of
Thaddeus Gromada joined PIASA in 1961, holding posts such as
Secretary General, Vice-President, and Executive Director. He also served
as a Professor of European History at New Jersey City University. While
he edited and contributed books dealing with Polish history, Gromada and
PIASA constantly supported the many activities of PAHA.
2011 - Cheryl Pula Ms. Cheryl Pula as the individual member of PAHA who
has rendered valuable and sustained service to the organization. Pula(the
sister of Prof.Pula)read the entire manuscript of The Polish American
Encyclopedia twice - once in draft form and once in page proofs. The first
time she listed 71 pages, single-spaced,of errors,missing information,or
unclear statements. The second time she noted over two dozen pages of
corrections of the page proofs. In addition, she authored about 20
2010 - Jagiellonian University of Krakow
The University was honored for its long
history of supporting foreign exchange programs with American
Universities, and for the institution's recent hosting of PAHA's mid?year
meeting and conference in the summer of 2010.
2008 - Thomas Duszak Mr Duszak was
nominated for this award for his extensive efforts in working to ensure
that PAHA's journal -- Polish American Studies is incorporated
into online databases such as EBSCO and J-STOR. Mr. Duszak's devotion and
persistence to the project has been exemplary and has proved instrumental
at all levels relating to the digitization project. Though Mr. Duszak's
work, PAHA has been able to substantially raise its academic profile, and
the journal is now available to a global audience.
2007 - Mary Patrice
Dr. Erdmans, a noted sociologist, has held several important posts
within PAHA, including most recently serving as President from 2003-2006.
During her tenure, Dr. Erdmans guided PAHA through a successful
reorganization that has now placed the Association on a firm financial
footing with an expanding program of scholarly activities and membership
Joseph Wieczerzak is Professor Emeritus of History, Bronx College, CUNY.
He has served two terms as PAHA president, is a past recipient of the
organization's Haiman Award, and is a current member of the PAHA Board.
He is now editor of The Polish Review.
2006 - Joseph Wieczerzak
2006 - Theodore
Zawistowski Theodore Zawistowski has taught college courses in
the fields of Sociology and Psychology, and has served as a consultant on
history and archives to the Commission of the Polish National Catholic
Church. He has edited PNCC Studies, The Polish Review, and the PAHA
Newsletter. In addition, he has contributed greatly to the annual PNCC
2005 - Mark Kulikowski Dr. Mark
Kulikowski is Associate Professor of History at State University of New
York-Oswego, with expertise in modern Russian and U.S. diplomatic
history. Among other works, he has written the well known Bibliography of
Slavic Mythology (1989). Professor Kulikowski has been a longtime member
of the editorial board of Polish American Studies, as well as a frequent
2003 - Tom Napierkowski
Dr. Napierkowski is a professor of English at the University of
Colorado, Colorado Springs. His area of specialization is medieval
English literature, with particular emphasis on the works of Geoffrey
Chaucer and the fifteenth century. Tom has also worked and published in
the fields of Slavic literature and Eastern and Central European Culture
and Politics. Dr. Napierkowski has served as PAHA president twice, which
required that he organize two national conferences. He has been a board
member for numerous years, helped to recruit the Kulczycki monies
($20,000+) for what is now the Kulczycki scholarship. In addition, Tom
has also helped to broaden the scope of PAHA by including Polish-American
literature as a key tool to understanding the Polish migrant experience
2002 - Karen Majewski
Dr. Majewski has served as PAHA's Executive Director
and Board Member. In this capacity she provided invaluable service to the organization. She also received
the Oskar Halecki Prize for her book about Polish American literature. She currently serves as the Mayor of Hamtramck.
2001 - John J. Bukowczyk
2000 - Thaddeus V. Gromada
1999 - James S. Pula
1998 - Stanislaus Blejwas
1997 - THe Skalny Family
1996 - Boleslaw Wierzbianski
1995 - Rev. Senior Casimir Grotnik
1993 - Msgr. John P. Wodarski
1992 - Frank Harasick
1991 - Walter Lasinski
1988 - Henry Archacki
1986 - Sister Ellen Marie Kuznicki, CSSF, and Mieczyslaw Haiman
Artwork by a Polish American artist Julian Stanczak:
Structural Cadmium Yellow,
Exchanging Light-A, Structural Cadmium Red, Exchanging Light-B, Structural Orange, Structural Magenta and Structural Cobalt
from a 2012-13 series of paintings (24 by 24 each). Used by Permission.