Award for Excellence in Cultural Resource Management
Nomination/Submission Deadline: 31 Dec 2021
This award will be presented to an individual or a group to recognize lifetime contributions and special achievements in program administration/management, site preservation, or research in cultural resource management. Candidates may include individuals employed by federal, state, tribal, or local government agencies, museums, educational institutions, and similar institutions who have developed and or implemented public policy, regulations, and ordinances that further cultural resource site protection and historic preservation on a local or regional basis.
Who Is Eligible to Submit Nominations or Apply for the Award
Any professional archaeologist may submit a nomination for this award. Awardees may be members or nonmembers of the SAA.
Nomination/Submission Materials Required
Nominators must submit a curriculum vita along with any relevant supporting documents. All nomination materials are to be submitted electronically, with the Award Nomination Form.
A detailed description of the nominee’s accomplishments with respect to furthering preservation. Preservation can include to specific projects, program development, public involvement, and/or policy development, among others.
Other Special Requirements
Prior to any award recommendation being finalized and publicly announced, anyone recommended for an award, scholarship, or grant will be required to certify the following:(a) I am not and have not ever been the subject of a discrimination or harassment lawsuit or related administrative complaint that resulted in an adverse finding; and
(b) I do not have and have not had a current or pending disciplinary action such as suspension or termination of registration, resulting from a Register of Professional Archaeologists’ grievance investigation.
Nature of Award (e.g. monetary, medal, symposium)
The awardee is recognized by the SAA through a plaque presented during the business meeting held at the Annual Meeting, a citation in The SAA Archaeological Record, and acknowledgment on the awards page of the SAA Website.
Current Committee Charge
The Award for Excellence in Cultural Resource Management Committee solicits nominations and selects recipients for the Award for Excellence in Cultural Resource Management, which recognizes an individual, group or organization that has made significant contributions to archaeology or historic preservation in a cultural resource management setting. This might include, but is not limited to, significant contributions in preservation, research, publication, education, and/or administration.
Committee composition is chair and at least four members.
Term length is three years. Individuals ending their terms cycle off the committee at the close of the Business Meeting held during the annual SAA Meeting, and new appointees begin their terms at this time.
Committee Chair and End of Term
Jennifer E. Payne 
Committee Chair Contact Information
Committee Members and Ends of Terms
Selection or Evaluation Criteria
Nominations will be evaluated based on lifetime contributions and special achievements, including contributions to the field of archaeology and cultural resource management.
Committee Deliberation Process (e.g. dates, venue)
The committee meets electronically after the nomination deadline has passed.
2020 J. Stephen Athens
2019 Duane E. Peter
2018 Myles Miller
2017 Jeffery Franz Burton
2016 Tom Emerson
2014 Mark Michel
2013 Henry Wallace
2011 Nelly Robles García
2010 William H. Doelle
2009 Michael Beckes
2008 John Walthall
2007 George Smith
2005 Arizona Site Steward Program
2004 Linda Mayro
2003 John Milner Associates, The General Services Administration
2002 Laurence W. Spanne
2000 Robert J. Jackson
1999 David G. Anderson
1998 David A. Frederickson
1997 James J. Miller
1996 William R. Hildebrandt
1995 Lawrence E. Aten, Calvin R. Cummings, Shereen Lerner, Charles R. McGimsey III
1994 Hester A. Davis