A ‘Call for Nominations’ for the SAA Excellence in Public
Education Award is published each year in the Fall issue of the SAA
Archaeological Record. Announcements are also posted at that time
on the SAA web page and on multiple email list serves. Self-nominations
for this award are accepted. Some nominations are submitted by others
as a surprise for the nominee.
Prospective nominators are encouraged
to contact the Award Committee Chair when they begin the nomination
process. Working with the Chair,
nominators begin preparing a nomination package that is submitted
at the first of the year. (This lead-time ensures that materials
required to support the nomination can be gathered.)
Award Committee Chair:
719 Tremont St.
Selma, AL 36701
Tel: (334) 875-2529
SUBMITTING A NOMINATION
The following information is designed to
assist nominators in producing their submission packets. These
guidelines help ensure that the
Award Committee receives materials that are useful and adequate
for proper evaluation of the nominee.
Required Nomination Materials:
- Nomination Form (Name, address,
phone, etc. for nominee and nominator.
- Letter of nomination
- A Rationale Statement supporting the nomination
(i.e., a statement of the actions that form the basis of the
- A copy (or samples) of the specific achievement (i.e.,
examples of the public education offering)
- Documentation of
- Please provide supporting materials
including summations or evidence of the achievement. This
material should demonstrate (not
merely assert) the nominee’s qualifications. In other
words, these materials should support the case being made
in the nomination
letter, demonstrating its assertions. It should illustrate
the extent or depth of impact and the breadth of impact
of the undertaking*.
Such materials might include:
• detailed program descriptions (providing information
on program implementation including who, what, when, where,
why, and proof
of how (types of events, how many (participants), and how
• external and/or internal evaluations of the public
archaeology undertaking (Assessment or evaluation of the
undertakings success in public education)
Any absence of the above documenting evidence should
be explained in writing.
- The nominee’s accomplishments should be
contextualized (i.e., put into
• What is the significance of the undertaking (how does it fit
within the practice of public education and archaeology?
• What is the impact of the nominee’s undertaking on the
field? Describe the impact on relevant publics beyond the discipline:
general public? On other disciplines?
- Also welcomed:
• Endorsements from secondary nominators (attesting
to the excellence of the public education undertaking).
• Any additional information that will assist the committee in
determining the creativity, impact, and ethics of the nominee:
• news articles
• previous awards
• testimonies from participants
• evaluation records
*Supporting information that demonstrates how your candidate meets
the award criteria is helpful for the reviewers who may not be familiar
your nominee’s achievements (and who need to see evidentiary proof).
does not exclude consideration of a nominee in subsequent years.
Nomination Packet Check Off List:
Please also complete this
information and attach it as a cover for your nomination packet:
Nominee's phone number:
Nominator's phone number:
Letter of nomination enclosed
| Y / N
Curriculum vitae enclosed, if required
| Y / N
Supporting materials enclosed
| Y / N
SUBMIT Seven (7) COPIES OF THE NOMINATION PACKET (INCLUDING ALL SUPPORTING
Nomination materials are evaluated by a committee and each committee member needs the same quality and quantity of material for evaluation. **No received materials will be reproduced by the Committee. (The SAA provides no funding for reproduction of nomination materials for use by this Committee.) Nomination packages not meeting the 6 copy requirement will be divided and sent out to the reviewers. This will hamper a complete understanding of the nominee’s full efforts.
• Materials submitted for nomination will NOT be returned.
Members of the SAA Excellence in Public Education
Award Committee evaluate the
submitted nomination materials and select the award recipient
using established award
CONFERRING THE AWARD
The recipient of the SAA Excellence in Public
Education Award is announced each spring. A plaque is presented
recipient and a citation is
read by the
SAA President at the Awards Ceremony held during the
SAA annual conference. A citation is also published in the
May issue of
the SAA Archaeological