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The Web Pages Working Group, like the membership of the SAA Public Education Committee (PEC) in general, is comprised of individuals devoted to preserving archaeological sites and to educating interested people about our archaeological heritage. PEC Web Page Working Group members use digital media as a medium for sharing information about archaeology as part of their employment and/or their research agendas and they bring this experience to bear in their volunteer service on this project. To learn about the PEC and its projects go here...

In 2007, the SAA Presidential Recognition Award of Merit was presented to PEC Web Page Working Group members Patrice L. Jeppson, Carol McDavid, and Mary L. Kwas for their service and accomplishments in coordinating the development of this web-based, public outreach resource . The SAA presents the Presidential Recongition Award annually to SAA members who have provided extraordinary services to the society and to the profession of Archaeology. Recipients are determined by the President of the society, in consultation with members of the Executive Board.

Carol McDavid
Mary L. Kwas
Patrice L. Jeppson (PEC Advisor)
Maureen Malloy, SAA Manager of Education and Outreach

Carol McDavid, Ph.D.

As the Web Pages Working Group Leader (2002-2006), Carol McDavid coordinated the web page design plan development and  the technical development of the web pages template and navigation and she continues to coordinate page content. Carol has extensive experience using web based technologies for public outreach about archaeology. Her Ph.D. research (Cambridge University, 2002) examined how Internet web sites can be used to create public interpretations of "sensitive" historical and archaeological material using the archaeology of slavery and its aftermath, tenant farming/sharecropping.

Carol is Project Director for Public Archaeology for the Yates Community Archaeology Project, which operates under the auspices of the Rutherford B. H. Yates Museum, Inc., in Freedmen's Town, Houston, Texas. She also serves as advisor to and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Levi Jordan Plantation Historical Society. Both projects are concerned with the archaeology of the African Diaspora. She is an Adjunct Lecturer teaching archaeology at the University of Houston. Carol’s work with the Levi Jordan Plantation Historical Society (for her master’s and Ph.D. research, and her continuing involvement up to the present), involves coordinating plans for public interpretation of the archaeology of the Levi Jordan Plantation. In specific, Carol is interested in how archaeologists and other academics can make their work more meaningful to the public, and how archaeologists can find ways to make their research more accessible as a tool for community collaboration and reform. Her efforts actively involve Levi Jordan Plantation descendants, both enslaver and enslaved. Carol is the creator (1998) and editor of the public archaeology Levi Jordan Plantation web site, www.webarchaeology.com.

Carol is a member of the SAA PEC and the Society for Historical Archaeology PEIC (Public Education and Information Committee). She has co-organized and participated in several conference sessions, both in the US and abroad, devoted to exploring the theoretical issues and applied practices of Public Archaeology and/or the Internet’s use in Archaeology Outreach. She has published numerous research papers reporting on the use of the internet for public archaeology needs and on civic engagement issues with descendant communities. In 2007, the Society for Historical Archaeology presented its John L. Cotter Award in Historical Archaeology to Carol McDavid for her outstanding achievement using historical archaeology to engage local communities.
Email: mcdavid@publicarchaeology.org

Mary L. Kwas

Mary L. Kwas began serving as Leader of the Web Pages Working Group in April of 2008. Between 2002-2006, she volunteered her service to help create the Web Page Design Plan and the coordination of content for these web pages during their technical development. She continued to gather and coordinate content after the pages went live. Mary was Editor for the e-newsletter Archaeology & Public Education (A&PE), which is the precursor to these web pages ( http://www.saa.org/pubEdu/a&pe/index.html). Prior to that, from 1991-1998, she was Editor of the "Archaeological Parks" column in the print version of Archaeology & Public Education. Mary became an adjunct member of the SAA Public Education Committee (PEC) in 1991, and a full member in 1997. She has served on the SAA PEC's Internet and Heritage Tourism subcommittees, and she is the SAA PEC Network Coordinator for Arkansas.

Since 1996, Mary has been a staff member of the Arkansas Archeological Survey (a unit of the University of Arkansas System). She holds the position of Education Specialist/Research Associate. In this capacity, she produces educational materials for teachers, represents the Survey at teacher conferences, serves as Coordinator for Arkansas Archeology Month, and assists the amateur Arkansas Archeological Society in a number of its activities. Mary conducts research on historical archaeological projects, largely focusing on archival materials and material culture. She is currently working on serveral books and articles to bring this research to the public. She also serves as chair of the Public Outreach Grant Committee for the Southeastern Archaeological Conference. Mary Kwas, Arkansas Archeological Survey.

Patrice L. Jeppson Ph.D., PEC Advisor

Patrice L. Jeppson, Ph.D.,  is a PEC Advisor to the Archaeology for the public project. She served as the PEC Web Pages Working Group Project Lead from the time this resource went live, in August of 2006, until April of 2008. Between 2002 and 2006 she helped develop the Web Page Design Plan and then coordinated content for these web pages during their technical development. She continues to volunteer to create and gather content for use on these web pages and advises in the navigation coordination of material submitted by others.

Patrice has been an historical archaeologist for more than two decades and has conducted academic research and cultural resource studies in the American West, the Mid-Atlantic, and in South Africa. She currently teaches as an Adjunct Assistant professor at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Her major research interest involves the interface between the discipline of archaeology and the public. She currently is investigating the role of archaeology in heritage and tourism at Independence National Historical Park. This research includes participant observation study related to 3 projects in Independence Park: the archaeology of slavery and freedom at the President's House site (2007-present), at the National Constitution Center Site in the Independence Living History Center Archaeology Lab, and as a consultant to the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary Consortium, 2003-2005, 'translating' Franklin-related archaeological evidence for the needs of an international loan exhibit, a Frankliniana Database, and educational outreach disseminated over the Internet, including a pod cast tour. Research to date has been, and continues to be, reported in several archaeology conference venues and publications.

This research builds out of a previous project that aimed to discover more effective ways to make archaeology useful to the community. Between 1998 and 2002, Patrice undertook participant observation study at the Center for Archaeology/Baltimore County Public Schools, a project that operated between 1983 and 2007 as part of the BCPS Office of Social Studies/ Educational Support Services. She assisted the Center’s creator and Director -- Social Studies Specialist George Brauer -- in implementing a sequential, integrated, program of archaeology education in what is the 22nd largest US public school district. There she co-presented school visitation programs, co-supervising field archaeology activities, and co-writing archaeology-enriched curriculum exercises. This collaboration has been reported on in several archaeology conferences and publications.

Prior to this, Dr. Jeppson incorporated museum displays (including traveling education cases) and other public outreach in her research and cultural management projects  in California and South Africa. Units on Public Archaeology were incorporated as part of her instruction in an Historical Archaeology course taught while an adjunct instructor at California State University, Bakersfield (1993-1997) and as part of the inaugural archaeology course offered at the University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa (in 1992) as that country underwent political transformation. Social context issues (identity and politics) were research themes in her Ph.D. dissertation, Material and mythical perspectives on ethnicity: An historical archaeology study of cultural identity, national historiography, and the Eastern Cape frontier of South Africa, 1820--1860. This degree was earned from the Program in Historical Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Patrice co-organizes and participates in conference sessions and publications, both in the US and abroad, devoted to exploring the theoretical issues and applied practices of Public Archaeology. She serves as a member of  the Society for Historical Archaeology’s Public Education and Information Committee (PEIC) 2003-present, and, through the Web Pages Working Group, in the Society for American Archaeology's Public Education Committee (PEC), (2002-2008, member; 2008-2009 Advisor). Between 2002-2006, she was Chair of the SAA Excellence in Public Education Award Committee. Patrice is currently Secretary of the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum (PAF) and she assists with the coordination of "Discover Philly's Hidden Past", the Pennsylvania Archaeology Month celebration held annually in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Among her publications are “Leveling the playing field in the contested history of the South African past: a public versus a people's form of historical archaeology outreach” (2008 [1997]), “Digital Bridge-Building: The SAA Public Archaeology Web Pages Project” (2007), “Civil Religion and Civically Engaged Archaeology: Researching Benjamin Franklin and the Pragmatic Spirit” (2007), and  “Archaeology for Education’s Needs: An Archaeologist and an Educator Discuss Archaeology in the Baltimore County Public Schools" (with George Brauer, 2007).

Email: pjeppson@speakeasy.net

Maureen Malloy, SAA Manager of Education and Outreach

Maureen Malloy has been the SAA Manager, Education and Outreach since 2001. In this capacity, she responds to inquiries about archaeology from students, teachers, and the general public; serves as the SAA staff liaison to the SAA Public Education Committee; and develops educational materials for professional archaeologists and the public.  Maureen recently co-edited (with Linda Derry) the volume Archaeologists and Local Communities:  Partners in exploring the Past (2003). Maureen works closely with the PEC Web Page Working Group both creating and gathering content and also evaluating content.

Previously, as the Administrator of Education at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in Maryland (an archaeological park), Maureen developed a wide variety of formal and informal archaeology education programs and special events, designed a hands-on Discovery Room for children and families, and developed and taught in-service workshops for educators including a 30 hour course on Archaeology and Multicultural Education for the Maryland State Dept. of Education that was attended by educators from around the state. 

Maureen’s previous museum experience includes serving as Public Programs Coordinator at the National Museum and  Health and Medicine in Washington, DC and ten years with the Dept. of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. where she assisted in the development and coordination of  workshops and educational materials for educators, and compiled a critical bibliography on American Indians for K-12. In addition to her experience in museum education and administration, Maureen has developed and taught a variety of archaeology courses for children, adults, and families through the Resident Associates Program of the Smithsonian Institution and the Northern Virginia Community College (Loudoun Campus). Before moving into public outreach Maureen worked as an archaeologist for the National Park Service, and directed a public archaeology program for the Loudoun Archaeology Center in Leesburg, Virginia.

Maureen Malloy, Society for American Archaeology, 900 Second St. NE #12, Washington DC 20002 email: maureen_malloy@saa.org: telephone 202/789-8200