Jaime Awe, an associate professor of anthropology, has been selected as the NAU Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Scholar for 2020. The Scholar Award recognizes professional excellence over the course of an academic career. Dr. Awe was selected from numerous nominations across the university for his life-long achievements and scholarship.
About Dr. Jaime Awe
Jaime Awe is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University, Director of the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project, and Emeritus member of the Belize Institute of Archaeology. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Anthropology at Trent University in Ontario, Canada, and his Ph.D. from the Institute of Archaeology at University College London. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Awe taught in the Anthropology Departments of Trent University, then at the Universities of New Hampshire, Galen, and Montana.Between 2003 – 2014, he served as the first Director of the Belize Institute of Archaeology where he was responsible for managing the archaeological heritage of the country. He subsequently joined the faculty at Northern Arizona University in 2014. During his extensive career in archaeology, Dr. Awe has conducted important research and conservation at most of the major archaeological sites in Belize, he has published numerous articles in various books, journals, and magazines, and his research has been featured in several national and international television documentaries. For many years, Dr. Awe also led the Government of Belize’s archaeology outreach and education programs, writing books such as 101 Questions and Answers about the Ancient Maya of Belize and Maya Cities and Sacred Caves: A Guide to the Maya Sites of Belize. His other publications cover topics that span from the Preceramic period to the time of European contact.Dr. Awe continues his active program of research in Belize, conducting multi-disciplinary investigations with his colleagues and graduate students at the major Maya cities of Cahal Pech, Baking Pot, Xunantunich, and Lower Dover.