|2017 Election Ballot|
NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE CHAIR
MA 2002, Western Michigan University
Principal Investigator, TRC Environmental Corporation, Inc. (2002-present)
I have worked as a student, a professional in academia, and in cultural resource management for the past 21 years. During this time I have served on local and statewide committees and boards for a variety of organizations, including: Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology – President Elect 2016–2018 and past member Board of Directors (2012–2016); Member Murfreesboro School Board (2012–present); Member Rutherford County Board of Zoning Appeals (2011–present); and Member Rutherford County Beer Board (2011–present).
I received my BS from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in 1998 with a degree in Archaeological Studies. My first job in archaeology was working for the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center (MVAC) which is associated with the UW-La Crosse. During my time with MVAC, I learned a great deal about archaeological survey, excavation, and laboratory techniques. In 2002 I finished my Master’s Degree in Anthropology at Western Michigan University. Since 2002, I have served as Project Manager / Principal Investigator at TRC Environmental Corporation in their Nashville, Tennessee office. In this role I have managed 100s of projects for both private and federal clients.
I am honored to run for Nominations Committee Chair for the RPA. I have been a member since 2008 and believe strongly in its mission to maintain and promote high ethical standards in archaeology both in academia and cultural resources management. As Nominations Committee Chair, I will work with committee members to identify and seek out those members who are knowledgeable, engaged, and demonstrate ethical behavior through their work, research, and outreach in academia, regulatory agencies, and the CRM community. Especially in this time of uncertainty as the discipline faces legislative, financial, and legal challenges, the role of RPA is as vital as ever and we need to insure we select members who are up to the task.
Tanya M. Peres, PhD, RPA
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Florida State University
I received my BA (1995) and MA (1997) in Anthropology at Florida State University and my PhD (2001) in Anthropology from the University of Florida. My employment history includes: Assistant Director of the Program for Archaeological Research (University of Kentucky, 2001–2005); Anthropology faculty member (Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Middle Tennessee State University, 2005–2015), Director of Anthropology, MTSU (2014–2015); Associate Professor of Anthropology, Florida State University (2015–present).
I am a Registered Professional Archaeologist since 2001 and have over two decades of field and lab experience on academic and applied prehistoric and historic archaeological projects across the Southeastern United States (especially Tennessee and Florida), Panama, Mexico, and Scotland. I am interested in the relationships between humans and their environments, and humans and animals – especially in terms of subsistence and how animals were incorporated into the native worldview. As a zooarchaeologist I collaborate on numerous projects with local, state, and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and Cultural Resource Management (CRM) firms. I research and publish on zooarchaeological topics ranging from ancient and historic subsistence practices to the use of animal bone and teeth implements in indigenous tattooing traditions to the symbolic power of animals in native cosmologies, medicine, and spiritual practices.
I have worked at a variety of sites across the Southeast while employed by CRM firms, the University of Kentucky’s Program for Archaeological Research, and the National Park Service’s Southeastern Archeological Center. I am an author or co-author of over 30 technical reports, articles in regional, national, and international journals, and editor or co-editor of two books. I have been the recipient of several research grants and awards from the Royal Society of Edinburgh International Scholar Exchange Fellowship, the Charles H. Fairbanks Award (University of Florida), a Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Fellowship, National Science Foundation, and the Tennessee Historical Commission.
In addition to being active in research and teaching I hold, or have held, positions in the Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology (immediate past president, previous and current board member), Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists (newsletter editor), Southeastern Archaeology Conference (executive officer), and Society for American Archaeology (committee member).
The RPA serves an important function in our profession and I hope to convey to academic archaeologists the essential need of ensuring our students meet the requirements for certification upon graduation. I am excited to run for the position of Chair of the Nominations Committee for the RPA, and will work to recruit a diverse slate of nominees.
NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE MEMBER
William M. Balco
Ph.D. 2012, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of North Georgia, Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy
I am currently the director of the University of North Georgia Dahlonega Campus Archaeological Laboratory and the co-director of the Alcamo Archaeological Project, Sicily, Italy (2017–Present). As an archaeologist and educator, I am responsible for teaching 3–4 introductory and upper-division courses per semester. Additionally, I have served, and continue to serve, on committees for numerous professional organizations and University of North Georgia. In these capacities, I have served as a panelist for the National Science Foundation, a Councilor for the Anthropology Section of the Georgia Academy of Sciences, a member of a M.A. Thesis Committee, the professional advisor for the Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild, the Anthropology Minor Advisor for UNG’s Dahlonega Campus, and I have served as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. Internationally, I have worked with numerous excavation projects, including a lowland Maya site in southern Mexico, an Etrusco-Roman site in central Italy, an early Roman site outside Rome, a complex multicomponent (Iron Age to Early Modern) excavation project in Salemi, Sicily, and an Iron Age and Medieval site in Alcamo, Sicily. Domestically, I have worked for several compliance archaeology firms, including Northern Illinois University’s Contract Archaeology Program, GeoMarine, Inc., Illinois State Archaeological Survey, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Cultural Resources Management (formerly UWM Historic Resource Management Services). From 2010 to 2015 I served as a Crew Supervisor for UWM-CRM, conducting compliance-driven archaeological monitoring, Phase I survey, Phase II site evaluation, and Phase III data recovery projects in Wisconsin. This position involved supervising field and laboratory crews and composing archaeological reports of investigation.
My domestic and international experience, conducting compliance archaeology, engaging local community members, and teaching students has taught me the value of education and public awareness of cultural heritage. I appreciate and support the role RPA plays to maintain high ethical standards among archaeologists. As a member of the Nominations Committee, I would be excited to contribute positively to the organization as we face challenges to our profession and our shared cultural heritage.
Shelly Davis-King, RPA
B.A. Anthropology (1971), University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A. Anthropology (1973), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Ph.D. candidate Archeology and Anthropology (1973–1980), Cambridge University, England
1993–present, Principal and Senior Archaeologist, Davis-King & Associates, Standard, California
1991–1993, Branch Manager/1990-1993, Senior Archaeologist, INFOTEC Research, Inc., Sonora, California
1975–1990, Consulting Archaeologist
I am honored to be invited to run for the RPA Nominations Committee. Having just completed a two-year stint as RPA’s Secretary/Treasurer to the Board, and having participated in the Register’s fall 2016 two-day strategic planning meeting, I feel that I have a clear and inside perspective on where the Register is going and the type of candidates we need to take us into the 2020s. The candidates that will be up for election, and especially the President Elect, will need to be aware of the tasks and duties that lie ahead, as we redefine the national and international conversation about professionalism for individuals and the discipline. Candidates to serve on the board and committees will need to be engaged, aware of issues, and above all, promote and exude ethical scholarship. I will work with the committee chair to identify candidates from the academy, government, and private companies who are diverse, with strong commitments to RPA values, and who believe that dependable and respectable registration will only improve the quality of archaeological research, teaching, and public outreach.