Prizes & Awards

AAA/Oxford University Press Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology

This award was established in 1997 to recognize teachers who have contributed to and encouraged the study of anthropology. The successful teaching of anthropology is at the core of producing successful anthropologists. By transferring knowledge and encouraging interest and study, the teacher is able to contribute significantly to the increasing success of the field of anthropology. Without such people the growth of anthropology would be stifled. This is your opportunity to recognize educators who have contributed significantly to furthering the field of anthropology; the Association relies on you to provide nominations. Please take advantage of this opportunity.  The winner of this award will receive a small stipend for travel to the annual meeting.

AAA/Oxford Teaching Award Call for AAA Award Nominations

Guidelines for the Preparation and Submission of AAA Award Nomination Materials

Each nomination packet should include a letter of recommendation in support of the nominee. The letter should provide a summary of the nominee's accomplishments, and it should demonstrate (not merely assert) the nominee's qualifications. The packet should include supporting materials, which should not be expected to stand on their own. We encourage the inclusion of statements by former students or others that have benefited from the educational mentoring of the nominee. In other words, these materials should support the case being made in the nomination letter, demonstrating its assertions. The nomination packet should not exceed 25 pages. Please note that nominees are considered for three years. Those not chosen in the first year will be considered for two more years. If desired, nomination packets can be updated by March 1 each year, or nominations can be withdrawn from consideration.

The nominee's accomplishments should be contextualized and put into perspective. Depending upon the award in question, one may want to address the following types of questions:

  • Where does the nominee's work fit within the discipline? What is its significance?
  • What is the extent of the nominee's work and its impact on the field? On students? On the general public? On other disciplines?
  • How does the particular book or work upon which the nominee's recommendation is based demonstrate excellence: conceptually, in terms of impact, creativity, and influence?

Submit 6 copies of the materials to: AAA Awards Committee, AAA, 2300 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 1301, Arlington,VA 22201; 703/528-1902 ext 1161; fax: 703/528-3546.

Note deadline for nominations March 1 each year.

For further information, contact Kathy Ano at

Note: This award was previously called the AAA Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology and the AAA/Mayfield Award.

2014 Awardee
Jan Newberry
Previous Awardees
2013 Triloki Pandey
2012 Peter J. Brown
2011 Bonnie Pitblado
2010 Andrew Lass & Harald E. L. Prins
2009 Maria Vesperi
2008 Paula Clarke
2007 Elizabeth Chin and Kent G. Lightfoot
2006 George J. Bey III
2005 Richard H. Robbins and Scott A. Lukas
2004 Mathew Richard
2003 Russell H Tuttle
2002 Randall McGuire
2001 Alessandro Duranti
2000 Patricia Urban
1999 Conrad Kottak and Jonathan Marks
1998 Frances Mascia-Lees and Patricia Rice
1997 David McCurdy and Barbara Joans