Outstanding Public Service Award

2017 Public Service winner Jessica S. Johnson

Award Criteria
The Outstanding Public Service Award recognizes exceptional contributions that promote public understanding of, interest in, and support for archaeology and the preservation of the archaeological record.

Individuals, organizations, institutions, or corporations may be nominated to receive the Public Service Award. Individuals need not be members of the AIA. At the discretion of the reviewing subcommittee, the award may or may not be presented annually.

Nominations may be made by any AIA member or AIA committee. They should include a detailed statement of the candidate's contributions meriting recognition in a form suitable for use in a citation.

A subcommittee of the Professional Responsibilities Committee will review nominations and make a recommendation to the full Committee. The PRC will submit its decision for approval by the Governing Board at its May meeting.

Due Date for Nomination
Completed nominations should be received by Institute Headquarters at the below address no later than April 3, 2017, for the award to be presented at the following Annual Meeting.

Please send all nomination materials to:

Outstanding Public Service Award
Atten: Awards Department
Archaeological Institute of America
44 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (857) 305-9360
Email: awards@aia.bu.edu


2017 Outstanding Public Service Award: Jessica S. Johnson

Jessica S. Johnson is Head of Conservation at the Museum Conservation Institute.  Prior to joining MCI in September 2014, she was the Academic Director for the University of Delaware’s heritage conservation programs at the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage in Erbil, Iraq.  Previously she had been Senior Objects Conservator for the National Museum of the American Indian from 2000 to 2009.  She has also been a long-time conservator with the University of Pennsylvania’s Gordion Archaeological Project in Anatolian Turkey.  She holds a BSc (1990) in archaeological conservation from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (UCL) and continues her affiliation with the Institute of Archaeology as an Honorary Research Fellow.  She also holds an MA (1986) in Anthropology from the University of Arizona and a BA in anthropology from the University of Kansas (1983).  Current research interests include the role of cultural heritage preservation in development and effective knowledge transfer to support heritage conservation in communities after crisis.  She also continues research into improved conservation techniques for archaeological materials and preservation of a 2700 wooden tomb chamber.


Past Winners of the Outstanding Public Service Award

2016 Cindy Ho
2015 Gregory Annenberg Weingarten
2014 Corine Wegener
2013 David W. Packard
2012 David Gill
2011 Stefano de Caro
2010 Diane Siebrandt
2009 John Noble Wilford
2008 Francis P. McManamon
2007 Wolf-Dieter Heilmeyer
2005 John Russell
2004 He Shuzhong
2003 Lyndel Prott
2002 Nancy Bookidis and Charles K. Williams, II
1998 Walter V. Robinson

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