Due: August 1, 2021
The CMA Lifetime Achievement/Distinguished Service Award recognizes CMA members whose careers demonstrate extraordinary achievements that have advanced museum anthropology. These achievements might include: collections work, community collaborations, exhibitions, publications, public programming and outreach, teaching, policy development, etc. While many anthropologists distinguish themselves through their works, this award is meant to single out those who, over the course of their careers, have truly helped to define and or reshape the field of anthropology in and of museums. Nominees are expected to have spent at least 20 years working in the field of museum anthropology.
Nomination packets must include: a two-page letter of recommendation in support of the nominee; and any additional supporting materials deemed relevant by the nominator (e.g., nominee’s c.v., other supporting letters). The letter should provide a contextual summary of the nominee’s signature accomplishments, and it should demonstrate the nominee’s qualifications. The nomination packet should not exceed 5 pages.
Evaluation Criteria: 1) Impact: How has the nominee’s work transformed and or contributed to the discipline of museum anthropology (e.g., theory, methodology, influence); 2) Service: How has the nominee provided service to specific museums (e.g., collections, exhibits, public outreach); 3) Mentoring: How has the nominee influenced and inspired the careers of students and colleagues (e.g., mentorship, curriculum development, innovative teaching)?
CMA award nominations for the Distinguished Service Award must be submitted as digital data (Word documents, pdf files and/or jpg files), sent via email to arrive on or before the deadline.
Please email materials to all members of the Awards Committee:
Adrian Van Allen (Chair) email@example.com ;
Cara Krmpotich firstname.lastname@example.org;
Laura Peers email@example.com;
Catherine Nichols firstname.lastname@example.org
Award winners will be notified so they have sufficient time to make travel arrangements.
Lifetime Award recipients will be presented with a gift from CMA and a certificate of the award.