Charles C. Kolb, PhD

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Title: Humanities Administrator & Senior Program Officer, Retired, National Endowment for the Humanities
Company: Kolb Consulting
Location: Vienna, Virginia, United States

Charles C. Kolb, PhD, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in humanities and archaeology.

Dr. Kolb is an award-winning professional whose reputation of excellence in the field of archaeology precedes him. He found success in noteworthy roles including senior program officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities, where he worked on projects for the division of preservation and access, as well as the division of state programs. Driven by his passion and curiosity for his line of work, Dr. Kolb is also known for his achievements in academia. Notably, he was director of research and grants at Mercyhurst College, instructor and assistant professor of anthropology for the Pennsylvania State University, and instructor of anthropology for Bryn Mawr College. When reflecting back on his career highlights, he notes that he is most gratified by his teaching work as many of his undergraduate students have gone on to become anthropologists and teachers themselves. In recognition of Dr. Kolb’s incredible work as an educator, he was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award from the Pennsylvania State University.

Incredibly passionate for his work, Dr. Kolb is credited with authoring, editing and reviewing a number of publications and works in his career. He published Marine Shell Trade and Classic Teotihuacan in 1987 and edited A Pot for All Reasons in 1988 and Ceramic Ecology in 1988. He is regarded for his work as a manuscript reviewer, which he began doing in the 1970s. Noteworthy manuscripts that he has reviewed include “American Antiquity,” “Current Anthropology,” “Ancient Mesoamerican,” “Ethnohistory,” “Journal of Material Culture,” “Historical Archaeology,” “Latin American Antiquity,” “Journal of Archeological Sciences,” “Journal of American Institute Conservation,” “The Historian,” “Geoarchaeology,” “The Journal of Archaeological Method of Theory” and nearly a dozen more. In addition to his editorial work, Dr. Kolb has contributed to his industry by co-founding the annual symposium for the Ceramic Studies Interest Group, reviewing grant proposals for the National Geographic Society of Research, Conservation and Exploration, and acting as a member of the Social Science Humanities Research Council in Canada.

Before entering his profession, Dr. Kolb served in the U.S. Air Force ROTC. He was awarded a full scholarship to attend college, which set the wheels in motion for his career as he knows it today. He achieved a Bachelor of Arts in history from the Pennsylvania State University in 1962 followed by a Ph.D. in archaeology and anthropology years later in 1979. In recognition of his professional excellence, Dr. Kolb was the recipient of a Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as various journalism awards by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (where he is also honored as a fellow of the organization). To remain at the top of his field, Dr. Kolb holds memberships with the American Anthropological Association, the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, the American Library Association, the Association of Asian Studies, the Society of Southwest Archivists, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference Archivists, the American Institute Afghanistan Studies, the Central Eurasian Studies Society, the Naval Historical Foundation, the Association of Moving Image Archivists, the Paleopathology Association, the New York State Archaeological Association, the Society of Pennsylvania Archaeology, the Society of American Archivists, the Society of Historical Archaeology, the Society of American Archaeology, the Prehistoric Ceramic Research Group, and Society Archaeological Sciences. As he looks toward the future, Dr. Kolb plans to continue in his tremendous work while taking on new opportunities in his field as they arise.

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