SAA PEC Biographies

JoŽlle Clark

Contact Information: Program Director, Native Voices on the Colorado River; Program Coordinator & Educator Hopi Footprints of the Ancestors; Professional Development Coordinator,Anthropology Department,Northern Arizona University,PO Box 15200,Flagstaff, AZ 86011,928-523-8797; 928-523-9135 (fax),,, and w

Description of past and current involvement in public education and outreach

Joëlle Clark is the Professional Development Coordinator for the Anthropology Department, Northern Arizona University. Ms. Clark is an applied anthropologist and science educator who has designed, written, and taught science and culture curricula and professional development programs. She is currently the Project Director for Native Voices on the Colorado River, an interpretive program for Colorado River Guides about native perspectives of the Grand Canyon. She is Project Coordinator and Education Specialist for the Footprints of the Ancestors, an intergenerational Hopi cultural preservation program. She is on the curriculum and professional development staff for Project Archaeology at Montana State University and for GEMS (Great Explorations in Mathematics and Science) at University of California Berkeley. She has been actively involved in public archaeology since 1985, directing educational programs for children, teachers, and the general public. She is the chair of the Society for American Archaeology Public Education Committee 2007-2010.

Interest in PEC membership

I have been a member of the SAA Public Education Committee since 1992 and have served as listserv manager and chair. As an archaeologist and an educator, I believe strongly in professionalism. Being part of the Public Education Committee is a commitment to strengthening our organization (SAA) and the field of public archaeology and education. As a PEC member I expect to contribute to the initiatives and work of the committee and in return I acquire more experience, knowledge, and collegial relationships in the field of archaeology education. I offer the PEC almost 25 years of archaeology education experience, a national network of educators and educational organizations with whom I work, and a commitment to PEC efforts.


Area of interest:  Working with indigenous populations; formalizing a network of archaeology educators and educators nationwide and internationally; and establishing guidelines for developing archaeological literacy

Target audience(s): Indigenous people, professional archaeologists, and formal and informal educators

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