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SEMC Annual Awards Program

Deadline 18 July 2017


SEMC Award Nominations
Recognition of Innovation, Service and Leadership in Museum Professionals

Creativity, innovation, and leadership proliferate in museum professionals throughout the southeast. The SEMC Awards Committee needs your help to identify and honor outstanding colleagues who have helped shape the world of museums. The James R. Short Award, the Museum Leadership Award and Emerging Museum Professionals Award include an honorarium given in the award recipient’s name to the SEMC Endowment and a permanent memento, to be presented on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 as part of the Annual Awards Luncheon. Awards Committee Coordinator Julie Harris urges all SEMC members to take a few moments to consider those worthy friends, colleagues and mentors who, through their work with museums and their activities in museum associations, have provided exemplary service to the southeastern museum community.

JAMES R. SHORT AWARD - Established by SEMC in 1981, the purpose of this award is to recognize individuals who have given a lifetime – 20 years or more – of distinguished service to the museum profession, with a significant portion of that service at a museum within the SEMC region. The nominee need not be currently employed nor living in the region. Service to the museum profession through SEMC and other museum associations, as well as employment service, will be considered in the nomination process. Nominations of eligible individuals who have retired or will retire within the year preceding or following the SEMC Annual Meeting are especially appropriate.

MUSEUM LEADERSHIP AWARD – Initiated in 1994, this award recognizes mid-career museum professionals who have shown significant advancement within the profession by leadership in museum activities at his or her institution, within the museum profession as a whole, and especially in the southeast region. Award eligibility requires ten years of experience as a museum staff member and a minimum of five years immediate past tenure with a museum in the SEMC region.

EMERGING MUSEUM PROFESSIONALS AWARD – Inaugurated in 2007, this award recognizes emerging professionals who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in museum activities at his or her institution, within the museum profession as a whole, and especially in the southeast region. Award eligibility requires less than ten years of experience as a museum staff member and a minimum of two years immediate past tenure with a museum in the SEMC region.

OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE MUSEUM PROFESSION AWARD - Initiated in 1999, this award recognizes a leader with 10 years or more of service to an allied or affiliated professional organization. Such a leader will have assisted the museum profession in areas such as program organization, development of grant opportunities, creation of historic/cultural designations and long term cultural development. The nominee must have direct responsibility, and the programs must have impact on a broad scale – statewide or regionally.

DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTOR AWARD -Initiated in 1999, this award recognizes a non-museum professional who has contributed his or her leadership expertise, financial support or collections support over a period of 20 years or more to a museum or the museum field in the SEMC region. The nominee has shown distinction in leading/moving an institution or museum-field organization to a recognized position of leadership in collections, programs and/or exhibitions in the SEMC region.

To nominate someone for recognition, please include:
a) The name, address and telephone number of the nominee
b) The award, of the five defined on this page, for which you are nominating the person
c) A brief summary of the nominee’s accomplishments and an explanation of why he or she should receive this award – up to one page of narrative, typed, double spaced
d) One-page letters in support of the nominee from two ‘seconding’ museum professionals and relevant support materials, such as the nominee’s current resume, previous honors, etc.
e) Your name as nominator, plus address and telephone; date of submittal.


For further information, please contact Julie Harris at 270-575-9958 or jharris@riverdiscoverycenter.org.

Submit complete award nomination ONLINE by July 14, 2017 (mailed submissions must be postmarked by July 14, 2017) to: SEMC, PO Box 550746, Atlanta, GA 30355

Submit letters of support to Julie Harris, Executive Director, River Discovery Center, 117 South Water Street, Paducah, KY 42001 or email to jharris@riverdiscoverycenter.org.
  • The award, of the five defined on this page, for which you are nominating this person.
  • Nominee Information

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  • A brief summary of the nominee's accomplishments and an explanation of why he or she should receive this award. Up to one page of narrative, typed, double-spaced.
  • The first of two one-page statements in support of the nominee from two 'seconding' museum relevant support materials, such as the nominee's current resume, previous honors, etc.
  • The second of two one-page statements in support of the nominee from two 'seconding' museum relevant support materials, such as the nominee's current resume, previous honors, etc.
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