The Project Archaeology Leadership Team provides valuable guidance to the national program. By Jeanne M. Moe, National Project Archaeology Lead, Bureau of Land Management
In 2006, Project Archaeology state and regional coordinators and national staff developed guidelines for the Project Archaeology Leadership Team. The role of the Leadership Team is consult with and make recommendations to the national program, while program decisions are ultimately made by Montana State University in consultation with the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Specific goals of the Leadership Team are to provide:
1. General assistance with setting direction for the national program.
2. Occasional assistance with problem-solving and decision-making.
3. Opportunities to take the pulse of the coordinators and other stakeholders.
The first five members of the Leadership Team were Renata Wolynec (Pennsylvania), Joelle Clark (Arizona), Ranel Capron (Wyoming), Gwynn Henderson (Kentucky), and Virginia Wulfkuhle (Kansas). The Leadership Team met for the first time at the 2007 Annual Coordinator’s Conference at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center near Cortez, Colorado. Maureen Malloy, education coordinator for the Society for American Archaeology and the Chesapeake Region Project Archaeology program coordinator, has served as an ex-officio member since 2008. Two biennial Leadership Team retreats were held in Bozeman, Montana in 2009 and 2011.
The Project Archaeology Guidelines (www.projectarchaeology.org/about/guidelines) call for diverse membership on the Leadership Team to best represent the entire national network of Project Archaeology programs. Team members represent a broad geographic distribution, diverse employment (federal, state, university, non-profit, etc.), and diverse professional experience (archaeology, classroom education, museum education, etc.). Ranel Capron and Joelle Clark completed their second three-year terms in December of 2012. Gail Lundeen (Missouri) joined the Team in 2008; Lynn Alex (Iowa), and Sarah Miller (Florida) joined in January of 2012; Theresa McReynolds Shebalin and Shelley Davis-Brunner joined in January 2013. Maureen Malloy continues to serve in an ex-officio capacity and Ranel Capron, BLM Heritage Resources Lead for Wyoming and member of the Federal Preservation Board, has moved into an ex-officio status to maintain a strong connection with the BLM Heritage Resources Program.
The contributions that the Leadership Team has made to Project Archaeology are inestimable. With assistance from the Team we completed the Project Archaeology Strategic Plan in 2011, planned and conducted three biennial conferences and five annual meetings between 2007 and 2011, updated guidelines to include specifications for state generated educational materials, and developed a licensing agreement through Montana State University for Project Archaeology materials. Many additional projects and initiatives are currently underway.
Leadership is critical to the development and maintenance of Project Archaeology nationwide. As current Leadership
Team members complete their terms, positions will become open. If you are a state or regional Project Archaeology coordinator, please consider serving on the Leadership Team. For more information about the Leadership Team and sponsoring a state or regional program, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.