Election Results


SHA BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Katherine Hayes and Matthew Reeves


Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology Board: Brian Jordan, Ashley Lemke, Amy Mitchell-Cook



Shannon Dunn

Shannon Dunn, Ph.D., RPA

Present Position:
Instructional Designer, Center for Instructional Technology and Training, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida; Principal, Rawlings Research Project

Ph.D., Anthropology, Syracuse University, 2008
Certificate in University Teaching, Syracuse University, 2008
M.A., Anthropology, Syracuse University, 2005
B.A., Anthropology/Art History, New College of Florida, 2002

Professional Service to SHA and Other Societies:
Gender and Minority Affairs Committee, SHA; Committee on the Status of Women in Archaeology, Society for American Archaeology (SAA); present or past membership in organizations including the World Archaeological Congress, American Association of University Women, Register of Professional Archaeologists, SAA, American Anthropological Association, Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology, Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Florida Anthropological Society, The Society for Georgia Archaeology

Research Interests:
gender, labor and economies, domestic sites, rural and agricultural sites, migration

Biographical statement:

I am honored to have been nominated for the position of Secretary for the SHA, the organization most closely aligned with my professional interests for at least 15 years. Among the greatest challenges that I see facing the SHA are amplifying existing public outreach programs; encouraging dialogue and collaboration between archaeologists in varied contexts; addressing member needs; and recruiting and supporting a diverse student membership. I echo the voices of others in suggesting that I hope to see the SHA continue to strongly promote the dissemination of historical archaeological research both to disciplinary and to broader audiences. The membership of the SHA represents a diverse range of professions, which together may help address the significant challenge of fostering increased engagement not just with a vague and generic “public” but with many individuals and groups, recognizing that “stakeholders” take countless forms. The distance between academic, government, compliance, museum, and other realms of practice represent a substantive challenge as well as a significant strength. I would like to see the SHA foster increased internal dialogue and encourage members to build on shared strengths to collaboratively address external challenges. I am pleased by efforts of the SHA to address the needs of its members with surveys such as the Archaeology Health Survey, and I encourage the organization to address concerns from that and similar recent surveys distributed and publicized by other organizations. I am also happy to support the Gender and Minority Affairs Committee and the Academic and Professional Training Committee in their work to establish and grow a mentoring program dedicated to cultivating and maintaining diversity within the SHA.

Given the qualifications and experience outlined in your biographical statement, what do you believe you can contribute to SHA if elected as SHA President-Elect/Board Member?
If elected, I would build on the work of past Secretaries to maintain high standards for administrative functions including archive management and preservation. An interest in record keeping and historical contexts, along with an ability to maintain detailed and accurate records, are primary qualifications for successfully meeting the duties of the position. My professional and service experiences have prepared me well for these requirements. As a Principal Investigator in private industry, I often directed fieldwork and authored reports for simultaneous complex projects. As a federal archaeologist and Cultural Resource Specialist, I performed fieldwork, maintained detailed field and policy records, authored technical reports and policy, and conducted consultation. In my present position, I manage dozens of pedagogical projects while developing and delivering training on cross- and inter-disciplinary teaching and learning and establishing a technology innovation hub. I am also presently generating and implementing a collaborative research project to investigate race, gender, labor, and domestic and rural economies at a site in north Florida, collecting, collating, and sharing archival documents and other resources with agencies, organizations, and interested groups.

If elected to serve SHA, what priorities would you emphasize?
If elected, I would prioritize the maintenance and continued growth of the SHA’s archives as institutional memory. I would also draw on my professional and educational background to inform my contributions to discussions among SHA’s board: in the past 15 years, I have worked for private contractors, the federal government, and in both private and public institutions of higher education. I have pursued archaeological research for education, for employment, and for personal fulfillment, and am presently employed outside the field to manage personal and family needs. I would like to draw on these diverse experiences—and from the experiences of those with whom I have worked—to represent SHA members whose lives and careers have not coalesced into the predictable topography they may once have imagined. I also feel strongly that the SHA must strengthen and magnify its front-facing message to the public and continue to foster increased public engagement among its membership. As members of the SHA, we see the value of our research and its relevance to modern society, but we must continue to communicate that relevance to address specific concerns, particularly as we face frequent and recurring events illuminating structural violence, institutional racism, and discrimination. I will continue my work with the SHA Gender and Minority Affairs Committee in hope of addressing some small part of that responsibility.


Kat Hayes

Katherine (Kat) Hayes

Present Position:
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of American Indian Studies, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 2008
M.A., History/Historical Archaeology, University of Massachusetts Boston, 2002 B.A., Anthropology, Northeastern University, 1994

Professional Service:
co-organizer, 2015 Midwest Historical Archaeology conference; faculty coordinator, Heritage Studies and Public History graduate program with Minnesota Historical Society

Research Interests:
North American settler colonialism, heritage studies, memory and forgetting, geophysical/geochemical survey methods

Biographical Statement:

I got into historical archaeology for the archaeology, but over the course of my career I have come to see heritage—any and all aspects of the past which contemporary communities value as part of who they are and who they hope to be—as far more central. As I have engaged with the discourses in American Indian/Indigenous studies, I have seen the urgency in heritage questions; and as chair of American Indian Studies serving as a point of contact between communities and the university, I see archaeology as important but certainly not anyone’s sole or even first concern. This may sound like a strange statement from someone offering to serve a national archaeological association. But I strongly believe that historical archaeology is now and always has been a discipline and practice which serves as a bridge, a connector and facilitator. We are adept at moving amongst multiple evidentiary bases, contested political concerns, and communities. It is this strength that renews my commitment to the field, and encourages me to train young professionals to move readily amidst the affiliated fields of heritage rather than simply to be archaeologists. To this end, I am creating (with colleagues in history, architecture, museum studies, and ethnic studies) new graduate programming in Heritage Studies and Public History.

I arrived at this standpoint through what I learned in my research. Working on contexts of slavery in colonial New York, the fur trade in 18th-century Minnesota, and the military installation of Fort Snelling in Minnesota over 125 years, I have heard the powerful and often conflicting memories held by contemporary communities. As a result, my focus has shifted from what histories can be written with the contribution of archaeology, to what histories are made of, and particularly what role material culture and archaeology play in them. More recently, I have been working with the Minnesota Historical Society to rethink the complex representation of history at Fort Snelling, including Dakota persecution and exile, slavery, and the role of Japanese Americans in World War II. There I ask the questions: how are historic sites made, and what is the role of materiality in their ability to change?

Given the qualifications and experience outlined in your biographical statement, what do you believe you can contribute to SHA if elected as Board Member?

My service commitments over that past decade have been much more local, rather than participating in the SHA beyond attending annual meetings. Those commitments include service to American Indian Studies, and to interdisciplinary heritage pedagogy, for which our local group has consulted nationally. But the SHA is the professional organization I feel the most affinity with, precisely because it is primed to work across disciplinary lines. I would like to help the Society create more durable ties with other fields and disciplines, especially public history, historic preservation, museum studies, and ethnic studies/American studies. I believe that such collaborations would be of great mutual benefit, both in expanding the scope of our work and in our ability to effectively work with stakeholder communities. I see this as a professional development priority, as so many of the non-academic employment opportunities opening today require a broader sense of heritage interpretation and preservation. Such collaborations should also help the Society more effectively use its financial resources. I would bring my interdisciplinary network to facilitate this process. 

If elected to serve SHA, what priorities would you emphasize?

If elected, I would focus on the Society’s role “providing a valued resource for knowledge exchange [and] professional development” by pursuing more communication and collaboration with affiliated professional fields. This would entail working with the Inter-Society Relations Committee, which is currently largely concerned with other archaeological societies. But this commitment extends to professional training and development also, connecting to the committees on education and student affairs, as well as the Gender and Minority Affairs Committee.

More broadly, I would like to press for diversity and inclusiveness to be made more central in the work of the Society. This goes beyond interdisciplinarity, into a critical recognition of the structural exclusions which operate in our professional world. I see this acutely in American Indian communities, where there is a real desire for local management of cultural resources but a profound lack of access to training programs which are mainly available in distant colleges and universities. How can we do better in opening the professional field? What programs exist which serve as models, and that we can support and build upon?

Matt Reeves

Matthew Reeves

Present Position:
Director of Archaeology and Landscape Restoration

Ph.D, Anthropology, Syracuse University 1997
M.A., Anthropology, Syracuse University, 1993
B.A., Anthropology, George Mason University, 1990

Professional Service to SHA and Other Societies:
Active SHA member since 1987; member, SHA Gender and Minority Affairs Committee (2002–2005); Council of Virginia Archaeologists, Public Archaeology Committee (2015–present); University of Virginia: President’s Commission for Slavery at the University (2013–present); The Orange County African American Historical Society, Board Member (2002–present): Vice President (2004–2008) and President (2008–2010); SAA Steering Committee for Ethics and Reality TV Programs (2013–2014)

Research Interests:
African Diaspora archaeology, landscape archaeology, Civil War archaeology, metal detecting and archaeology, community engagement

Biographical Statement:

Over the past twenty five years, I have worked with and for a variety of organizations ranging from contract archaeology (Public Archaeology Facility), the National Park Service, University of Maryland, and more recently a non-profit museum house site (the Montpelier Foundation). My career path has given me exposure to a wide range of organizational schemes and has helped me focus on the most effective means of applying archaeological research.

By far my strongest asset that I have to offer SHA is my extensive experience in engaging with constituent groups. I was first exposed to public engagement during my dissertation fieldwork in Jamaica while living and researching in a rural community in the middle of the island. My basic survival in this locale was getting the local community engaged in my research and having them see the value of archaeological research. By the end of my time in Jamaica (1992–1994) I not only experienced the value of living within a local community, but also engaging descendants as a constituent group for history. During my 15 years at Montpelier, I have had the opportunity to engage with a wide array of constituent groups. My most successful venture has been getting the local African American community involved with the archaeology and interpretation of sites here at Montpelier. Within a year of arriving at Montpelier, I began working with the local Orange County African American Historical Society and was asked to join their board. This gave me the opportunity to get the local community involved in an in-depth manner in our archaeological research and interpretive efforts to shine light on the African American community. Over the years I have facilitated collaboration with the OCAAHS on exhibit openings, archaeological digs, review of exhibits, and direction both for the archaeology department and Montpelier in general. After over a decade of this work, Montpelier is viewed by the local and descendant community as their home and a place where they can engage and identify with their ancestral heritage. While this archaeology outreach is on a local level, we are serving as a national model for how historic homes, most especially presidential sites, can work with the descendant and local community to engage and collaborate with groups that traditionally are underrepresented in the historic narrative of our country.

Another group that I have developed a strong relationship with during my time at Montpelier is the metal detecting community. Since the late 1990s, I have actively involved metal detectorists with survey projects both with work with the National Park Service and while at Montpelier. More recently (2012), I started a partnership with Minelab Americas where we held week-long workshops with metal detectorists to learn how to work collaboratively with archaeologists on survey. The results of these workshops have been phenomenal, not only for engaging individuals, but also in terms of how those hobbyists have brought their experiences back to their metal detector networks. From this work, we have networked many metal detectorists with archaeologists throughout the country with a goal of creating a more collaborative relationship between the two communities. We continue to run week-long programs for metal detectorists in the fall and the spring and bring on new participants each year. In our advertising and networking for these programs, we continue to spread the word about archaeology and the importance of site preservation. In the spring of 2012 I was asked by to serve on a task force for National Geographic to provide guidance on the role reality TV metal detecting programs share with archaeological research and preservation. From this, I was asked to take part in an additional task force with the Society for American Archaeology on the broader impact of media and archaeology—from this we recommended a revamping of the SAA’s ethics towards a more public facing approach.

Another area I have engaged with constituent groups through archaeology is through the week-long archaeology programs that I have established at Montpelier. Every year we run at least 12 programs where the public comes out for a week to participate in excavations, lab work and analysis of artifacts, and reconstruction programs. We attract a diverse group of participants and over the past two years have offered scholarships for African American participants. We have been running these programs since 2006 and they are only the regularly offered public programs in historical archaeology in the United States. Our success in attracting new and repeating participants to these programs (over 700 individuals since 2006) shows the value that historical archaeology can offer to engaging the general public.

The final area I am committed to is working to develop students into professional members of our Society (SHA). At Montpelier, we have a well-structured intern program where we bring on graduating seniors for a year-long internship and give them the skills not only in the field and lab but also in networking with professionals. In addition, I have mentored many staff to head towards graduate school and integrate them with being contributing members of SHA. An important part of our internship program is working to make SHA more inclusive by sponsoring minority students in this mentoring process.

With working at a non-profit, I have been directly responsible with fund raising (both writing grant proposals and individual donors), budgets, and ensuring that mission is not compromised with all of the above needs. In addition, I have served on the board for the Orange County African American Historical Society for over a decade. As such, serving on a non-profit such as the SHA on a board level is a function that is very familiar to me.

Given the qualifications and experience outlined in your biographical statement, what do you believe you can contribute to SHA if elected as a Board Member?

I am honored to be considered by SHA members as candidate for SHA’s Board of Directors. My years of work with various constituent groups through different institutional bases have provided me with valuable experience in how archaeology can be used to engage the public; whether this be from the standpoint of bringing a group that has had an acrimonious relationship with our discipline (metal detectorists), or groups that have not been fully engaged with the research and questions archaeologists can ask (descendant groups). SHA has asked me to represent them in steering committees dealing with metal detecting issues. In serving on the committee to address reality TV shows for National Geographic in 2012, I was able to provide practical solutions to bring direction rather than condemnation of their programs. Later, I worked with the producers to create an episode that filmed at Montpelier that successfully demonstrated teamwork between archaeologists and metal detectorists in an archaeological dig, the utility of gridded survey, and even the concept of negative data—all aired to a national audience. From my role in serving on committees (both standing and steering) I have developed several articles that present my views and developed programs that put the principles to practice in my own professional career (see my academia.edu page). I would draw on these experiences as a board member to find practical solutions for SHA’s future engagement with the public.

Another area I can provide expertise is directing actions towards meeting the mission of an institution. My experience in working on boards and with board-based institutions has provided me varied exposure to finding the balance to keeping to mission and addressing the needs of its members and constituents. Key to this is listening to both active members and engaging with constituent groups that make a society relevant and soliciting feedback.

If elected to serve SHA, what priorities would you emphasize?

If elected, I would want us to take a critical look at ensuring that as a society we continue to be a public-facing organization and develop our society in three different areas: increase diversity, transform groups from a threat to an asset (specifically the metal detecting community), and develop a broader public support base for archaeology.

One key area that SHA has identified is increasing diversity in our profession. With the emphasis on the study of underrepresented groups in our scholarly work, we need to make a more concerted effort to attract people of color to our discipline. One of the prime ways of doing this is mentoring and encouraging more people of color to become archaeologists, join SHA, and become active members of our society. I will advocate for scholarships in this area for encouraging diversity and putting a clear priority of bringing diversity to the society and on the board. We are no longer in a position to hope diversity is accomplished in a passive way, we must take action to be successful.

One of the key areas that I feel we can improve our efforts in preservation is making a more decisive effort to transform our relationship with the metal detecting community. This is a group that numbers in the tens of thousands and is actively digging sites across the country. We will never legislate this group away from their hobby and it is imperative we work with them to begin to engage them as partners in preservation. From my decades of experience in working with this group, I have witnessed that the community leaders are interested in working with archaeologists. With these networkers, we can make important strides in changing the hobby ethos from collecting to preservation.

Another priority is continuing the conversation on how to make archaeology (SHA in particular) relevant to the general public and continue to brainstorm on the constituent groups we can engage. Whether this be metal detectorists, descendant groups, youth groups, or students of archaeology, being proactive advocates in this area gives us the best chance to thrive as an organization. Ensuring our members have the tools to engage with constituent groups on a local and national level is key to this process. With constituent groups in hand, we have a much better chance to begin to push a wide array of agendas including more-comprehensive preservation of sites. The basis for preservation is with a well-informed and engaged public. As a society with a mission for preservation of sites, we have an ethical prerogative to actively engage the public and demonstrate how archaeological sites are an integral part of our collective heritage.


Terry Brock

Terry Peterkin Brock

Present Position:
Senior Research Archaeologist at The Montpelier Foundation

Ph.D., Anthropology, Michigan State University, 2014
M.A., Anthropology, Michigan State University, 2010
B.A. History, Michigan State University, 2006
B.A., Classical Studies, Kalamazoo College, 2004

Professional Service:
Member, SHA, since 2006 (Newsletter and Website Editorial Committee; Social Media Coordinator, 2011–2016; Technology Committee; Academic and Professional Training Committee); Member, Register of Professional Archaeologists, since 2016; Member, Council of Virginia Archaeologists, since 2014; RVA Archaeology co-founder, 2014–2016; Member, Board of Directors, Archaeology in the Community, 2014–present

Research Interests:
plantation archaeology, African Diaspora archaeology, archaeology of the Chesapeake, public archaeology, landscape archaeology, digital archaeology

Biographical Statement:

My career in archaeology is driven by the opportunity to work with colleagues and members of the public to discover the past and influence the present. I have emphasized these efforts through work at museums and with organizations focused on engaged scholarship and citizen science, and through my interest and focus in the use of digital technologies, specifically social media, to engage the public.

I believe archaeology has its most potential and power through working with the public. Through methods such as collaborative research, citizen science, and digital engagement, I have worked during my career to figure out how to connect the public to the past, and to connect the past to the present. I have had the opportunity to pursue these interests at Montpelier, where we work collaboratively with descendant communities and members of the general public every day.

I have had particular success with the use of social media to engage the broader public and to build professional archaeology networks. I have served as a consultant to non-profit organizations and conducted workshops in social media use for archaeology. In 2010, I designed and implemented the Society for Historical Archaeology’s social media efforts, and served as the Society’s first Social Media Coordinator until this past year, bringing me closer to the organization.

I believe that the future of archaeology is one that is engaged and collaborative, where archaeologists and members of the public are able to work together to make discoveries, support each other through mutually beneficial relationships, and to impact the present through the past. I believe that the SHA membership is committed to creating an inclusive, open, and collaborative archaeology that provides safe spaces for archaeologists and the public alike to work together in the discovery of our shared past, and I have found my time as a member to be incredibly valuable.

Given the qualifications and experience outlined in your biographical statement, what do you believe you can contribute to SHA if elected to the Nominations Committee?

Since joining the society in 2006, I have been an advocate for its importance in the professional development of its membership, and its ability to impact the way we conduct our scholarship. As the creator of SHA’s social media program, SHA Social, which often serves as the SHA’s public voice, I have a strong understanding of the positions of the SHA, its ability to influence the discipline and the public, and what ways the organization can help its membership. This work also put me in regular contact with SHA leadership, including the Board of Directors, President and President-Elects, and committee chairs and members. It allowed me to gain a solid understanding of the role of each committee and position in the organization. My work with SHA Social also has put me in contact with a number of SHA members, both as contributors to the SHA Blog and as professionals interacting with its content. As such, this experience will help to guide my selection of qualified nominees for leadership positions in the organization.

If elected to serve SHA, what priorities would you emphasize?

There are a number of elements of the SHA that I believe are important to emphasize. The SHA’s leadership must reflect its increasingly diverse membership. I will emphasize the nomination of individuals interested in creating a more inclusive archaeological discipline. I also hope to emphasize individuals interested in the SHA’s responsibility to the public, and the inclusion of stakeholders in all aspects of archaeological practice. I am also committed to individuals interested in professional development, and to those interested in broadening the opportunities for members to be involved in the organization. I look forward to the opportunity to continue service to my colleagues in the SHA, and further strengthening our organization together!


Matthew Liebmann

Present Position:
John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University

Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, 2006
B.A., Summa Cum Laude, English and Theology, Boston College, 1996

Professional Service:
Native American Relations Committee, SAA (2011–16), Native American Scholarships Committee, SAA (2013–present); Advisory Board, Jemez Pueblo Tribal Preservation Office (2015–present); Advisory Committee, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (2014–present); Annual Meeting Program Committee, SAA (2006, 2014).

Research Interests:
historical archaeology of Native Americans, Southwest U.S., historic pueblos, collaborative archaeology, postcolonialism, NAGPRA

Biographical Statement:

I’m an anthropological archaeologist who works mainly on 17th-century Native American (Pueblo) communities in the Southwest U.S. I have worked as an academic archaeologist since 2006 (at Harvard and the College of William and Mary), and as the tribal archaeologist and NAGPRA program director for the Pueblo of Jemez from 2003–05. I am committed to collaboration with descendant communities, and to forging ties with people and groups who have been disenfranchised by archaeology in the past.  Historical archaeology is uniquely positioned to contribute to contemporary debates surrounding race and American history, as it provides a means to push back against historical narratives that continue to marginalize subaltern groups. One of the primary contributions of our discipline is the voice it provides to those silenced by what E.P. Thompson called “the enormous condescension of posterity.” I believe that contemporary historical archaeology needs to continue expanding its borders to include people from diverse ethnic and social backgrounds—both as practitioners and as the subjects of our research.

Given the qualifications and experience outlined in your biographical statement, what do you believe you can contribute to SHA if elected as an SHA Board Member?
If elected to the Nominations Committee, I can help to expand SHA networks further into tribal communities throughout the United States. My previous collaborative work in the Southwest, combined with the connections I’ve forged through the SAA Committee on Native American Relations and my academic work over the past 20 years provide me with the personal connections to effectively reach out to underrepresented communities and help to diversify SHA membership over the coming years.

If elected to serve SHA, what priorities would you emphasize?
My goal is to continue expanding the diversity of SHA membership by reaching out to persons from underrepresented communities and promoting their involvement in the Society. My efforts on the Nomination Committee would focus on encouraging a diverse slate of candidates to participate in the management of the SHA, helping to set the agenda for the Society for the next 50 years. I am also committed to emphasizing the ethical responsibilities archaeologists have to the communities whose past we investigate.


Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology Board nominations


Brian Jordan 

Current Position:
Branch Chief of Environmental Consultation and Federal Preservation Officer, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Department of the Interior

Past Positions:
Headquarters Archaeologist and Federal Preservation Officer, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Department of the Interior, 2010 – 2016
Assistant State Underwater Archaeologist, State of Maryland, 2007 – 2010
Cultural Resource Coordinator, NOAA’s Marine Protected Areas Center, 2004 – 2007
Private Consultant and Wood Scientist, 2003 – 2010
Instructor, Washington College (Underwater Archaeology), 2008; 2010
Wood Scientist, 2003
Underwater Archaeologist, 1993 – present

Past Professional Service to ACUA or SHA:
Underwater Archaeology Co-Chair, 2012, 45th Annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Baltimore, Maryland

Brief Statement of Research Interests:
applied archaeology, historic preservation, policy, cultural resource management, wood science, working with indigenous communities, in situ preservation; historic and precontact submerged archaeology

Recent Publications:
Varmer, O. and B. A. Jordan
2014       Study on Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage in U.S. Waters and the 2001 UNESCO Convention. ACUA Underwater Archaeology Proceedings, C. Dagneau and K. Gauvin, editors, pp. 243–248. ACUA.

Jordan, B. and T. Nowak (editors)
2012       ACUA Underwater Archaeology Proceedings (Baltimore, Maryland). Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology.
Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee Cultural Heritage Resource Working Group. 2011                Recommendations for Integrated Management Using a Cultural Landscape Approach in the National MPA System, pp. 1–37. MPA Federal Advisory Committee.

Jordan, B.
2011       Cultural and Archaeological Resource Studies on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf-Balancing Development with Preservation. Offshore Technology Conference. Houston, TX.

Langley, S. B .M. and B. A. Jordan
2009       Archeological Overview and Remote Sensing Survey for Maritime Resources in Maryland State Waters from the Ocean City Inlet to the Virginia Line, Worcester County, Maryland: Part II. Report to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Zone Management Program. On file, MHT, Crownsville, MD and CZM, DNR. Annapolis, MD.

Langley, S. B. M. and B. A. Jordan
2008       Archeological Overview and Remote Sensing Survey for Maritime Resources in Maryland State Waters from the Ocean City Inlet to the Virginia Line, Worcester County, Maryland: Part I. Report to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Zone Management Program. On file, MHT, Crownsville, MD and CZM, DNR. Annapolis, MD.
Langley, S. B. M. and B. A. Jordan

2007       Archeological Overview and Remote Sensing Survey for Maritime Resources in Maryland State Waters from the Ocean City Inlet to the Delaware Line, Worcester County, Maryland. Report to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Zone Management Program. On file, MHT, Crownsville, MD and CZM, DNR. Annapolis, MD.
Jordan, B., Schmidt, E., Huelman, P. and B. Mayer

2004       Deuterium as a Novel Tracer for Determining Moisture Sources in Building Systems. Wood and Fiber Science 36(3):378-386.
Jordan, B. A., Gregory, D. J., and E. L. Schmidt

2002       Examining Environmental Conditions and the Biodeterioration of Historic Waterlogged Wood: The Kolding Cog. International Research Group on Wood Preservation. Doc. No. IRG/WP 02-10441, pp. 1–16.
Schmidt, E. L., Cassens, D. L., and B. A. Jordan

2001       Control of Graystain in Yellow-poplar Lumber by Log Fumigation with Sulfuryl Fluoride. Forest Products Journal 51(9):50.
Jordan. B. A.

2001       Site Characteristic Impacting the Survival of Historic Waterlogged Wood: A Review. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation 47(1):47–54.
Jordan, B.

2001       Wrecked Ships and Ruined Empires: An Interpretation of the Santo António de Tanna’s Hull Remains Using Archaeological and Historical Data. In International Symposium on Archaeology of Medieval and Modern Ships of Iberian-Atlantic Tradition, pp. 301–316. Lisbon, Portugal.

Crisman, K. and B. Jordan
1999       Angra A: The Copper-fastened Wreck at Porto Novo (Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira Island, Azores-Portugal). Revista Portuguesa de Arqueologia 2(1): 249–254.


Given the qualifications and experience outlined in your biographical statement, what do you believe you can contribute if elected to the ACUA Board of Directors?
Breadth and depth of experience and expertise gained from working across disciplines and in most facets of the underwater archaeology discipline: including, fieldwork; managing excavations; nonprofits; academia; and state and federal government. This range of experiences has given me a big-picture view of where the field of underwater archaeology has come from and where it is going in the future.

If elected to serve on the ACUA Board of Directors, what priorities would you emphasize, taking into account the missions and goals of SHA and ACUA, ongoing committee activities, and the management and financial challenges of the Society?
If elected to serve on the ACUA Board of Directors, my priorities will be to assist in critically looking at the challenges the field of underwater archaeology is facing now and will face in the future, and to work toward finding solutions to ensure that those within the discipline are able to continue to work at a high professional and ethical standard while meeting the needs of industry, academic, and government entities.



Ashley K. Lemke  

Current Position:
Graduate Student, University of Michigan

Past Positions:
Texas Historical Commission SHPO Internship (2008-2010)
Past Professional Service to ACUA or SHA:

Brief Statement of Research Interests:
anthropological archaeology, underwater prehistoric archaeology, hunter gatherers

Recent Publications:
E. Sonnenburg, A. K. Lemke, and J. O’Shea (editors)
2015       Caribou Hunting in the Upper Great Lakes: Archaeological, Ethnographic, and Paleoenvironmental Perspectives. University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology Memoirs, No. 57.

Lemke, A. K.
2015       Great Lakes Rangifer and Paleoindians: Archaeological and Paleontological Caribou Remains from Michigan. PaleoAmerica 1(3):276–283.

Lemke, A. K., Wernecke, D. C., and M. B. Collins
2015      Early Art in North America: Clovis and Later Paleoindian Incised Artifacts from the Gault Site, Texas (41BL3232). American Antiquity 80(1):113–133.

O’Shea, J. M., Lemke, A. K., Sonnenburg, E., Reynolds, R. G., and B. Abbot
2014       A 9,000- year-old Caribou Hunting Structure beneath Lake Huron. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(19):6911–6915.

Given the qualifications and experience outlined in your biographical statement, what do you believe you can contribute if elected to the ACUA Board of Directors?
I will provide strong, and multifaceted contributions if elected to the ACUA Board of Directors— include research, public outreach, and preservation experience. I have just completed my Ph.D. at the University of Michigan and my dissertation focuses on conducting anthropological archaeology underwater. I am passionate about the opportunity for underwater cultural resources to address some of human history’s most significant questions, and bringing such resources to the attention of the public. Overall, I am committed to public outreach and education, as well as top-tier research.

If elected to serve on the ACUA Board of Directors, what priorities would you emphasize, taking into account the missions and goals of SHA and ACUA, ongoing committee activities, and the management and financial challenges of the Society?
I would emphasize separate but combined priorities during my term on the ACUA board—including broader advertising of the SHA and ACUA’s research, outreach, and accomplishments. I believe that bringing the ACUA’s mission to a larger audience, both academic and public, will increase fundraising opportunities and new partnerships.



Amy Mitchell-Cook            

Current Position:
Associate Professor, Chair, Department of History, University of West Florida

Past Positions:
Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of West Florida
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, Mississippi State Universi4ty
Archaeologist, Panamerican Consultants
Archaeologist, Texas Historical Commission

Past Professional Service to ACUA or SHA:
ACUA Board, Treasurer

Brief Statement of Research Interests:
My primary research interest has been an examination of shipwreck from a historical perspective, more specifically through several shipwreck narratives. Future research interests include the maritime landscape of Pensacola, Florida and to expand past research on narratives to examine site formation processes and how they relate to the historical record.

Recent Publications:
Mitchell-Cook, Amy
2013       Sea of Misadventures: Shipwreck and Survival in Early America. University of South Carolina Press, Columbia.

Scott-Ireton, Della and Amy Mitchell-Cook
2013       Maritime History of Florida. In The New History of Florida, Michael Gannon (editor). (previously printed 1996). University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

Mitchell-Cook, Amy
2011       To Honor their Worth, Beauty and Accomplishments: Women in Shipwreck. Coriolis: Interdisciplinary Journal of Maritime Research 2(1):1–17. 

Given the qualifications and experience outlined in your biographical statement, what do you believe you can contribute if elected to the ACUA Board of Directors?
Although my current position is chair of the department of history, my past is rooted in archaeology. I have experience working on projects that include CRM and state and federal institutions. As such, I have a strong understanding of the varied complexities and constraints that professionals must face to preserve our past. In addition, my position as a professor at the University of West Florida allows me the unique opportunity to have firsthand knowledge of graduate and undergraduate students as they hone their skills to become future underwater archaeologists. In this position I am very aware of the need to facilitate, mentor, and promote future generations of scholars and professionals. I also represent one of the few universities with a focus on underwater archaeology and have an inside perspective of the issues that affect higher education.

If elected to serve on the ACUA Board of Directors, what priorities would you emphasize, taking into account the missions and goals of SHA and ACUA, ongoing committee activities, and the management and financial challenges of the Society?
I think it is important to emphasize ACUA’s mission to promote education, especially in regards to graduate students and the public. I would like to extend current efforts by ACUA/SHA for young professionals to become involved in both groups and to give them the tools to become the next generation of archaeologists. One of the projects with which I am most interested is a series of surveys we implemented to better understand the job market, student and faculty needs. The culmination of this project will be a comprehensive overview of what skills students need as they enter the ‘real world.’ I also feel that ACUA has become a prominent vehicle for public outreach. As a member of ACUA I support and encourage efforts to educate students and the public and to provide opportunities necessary for them to understand and protect our cultural heritage in the 21st century. In addition, I have served 4 years as ACUA Treasurer and so I have a thorough understanding of the organization’s finances and how they relate to the SHA. I serve on several committees with ACUA that demonstrate my continued dedication to make sure ACUA can support and maintain an important and positive relationship with SHA.