The ACUA committees work to further the goals of education, outreach, preservation, and international cooperation for the protection of the underwater cultural heritage (UCH).
ACUA Committees and Mission Statements
To provide resources for students and young professionals to be successful in maritime archaeology. The Education Committee also strives to creates opportunities to promote the needs of students and young professionals to educators and potential employers.
-Annual Conference Abstract Review Panel
Mission Statement: To evaluate all underwater archaeological abstracts for quality, content, submission timeliness and compliance with the SHA/ACUA Code of Ethics.
Mission Statement: To spearhead fundraising for the larger organization in support of activities initiated by the board. The Development Committee is also responsible for donor standards, avoidance of conflict of interest, and any other issues that may arise over the course of fundraising. Decisions about how much money is to be raised and what those funds are to be spent on resides with the ACUA at large and not with the Development Committee.
-Website and Social Media Committee
Mission Statement: To create and disseminate information for the public, and to create opportunities for public dialog and interaction in support of the organization’s goals for the preservation and stewardship of underwater cultural heritage worldwide.
–Underwater Archaeology Survey Guidelines Review Committee
Mission statement: To identify the full range of existing underwater archaeology survey guidance, and to create an inclusive working group represented by governmental, academic, private and CRM archaeologists to develop best practices guidelines for marine archaeology surveys.
ACUA UNESCO Committee
–Mission Statement: To promote the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, ensure the ACUA is an active NGO engaged with the Secretariat and other NGOs, and be an online resource for practitioners and the general public regarding the Convention.
Graduate Student Associate Members
–Mission Statement: To bridge the path between students and the professional world of underwater archaeology. Using outreach tools such as social media and newsletters, Graduate Student Associate Members encourage students and others interested in the field to engage in professional development opportunities including conferences, volunteering, internships, field schools, and scholarships. Increased access, education, and participation in underwater archaeology will foster diversity and inclusivity, strengthening the field for future generations. Graduate Student Associate Members serve on the SHA Academic and Professional Training Committee (APTC), co-chair an ATPC-sponsored session at the SHA Conference, and assist with ACUA sponsored social media outreach.