Inaugural Judith McCulloh Award for Lifetime Service to the Field Awarded to Tim Lloyd
Monday, December 8, 2014
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
This year, the Executive
Board of the American Folklore Society voted to create a new award to recognize
an individual or group of individuals who have given exceptional service to the
field of folklore, whether in the academic or public sector, resulting in
furthering the visibility and success of our discipline and profession.
No one better exemplifies the
sort of contributions that this award is meant to recognize than Judith McCulloh.
McCulloh raised the visibility of folklore through her decades of work at the
University of Illinois Press, shepherding many of our works through the
publication process and tirelessly promoting folklore books at
conferences. She was a former president
of the American Folklore Society and gave much both to the AFS and to the
American Folklife Center.
In memory of her spirit and
dedication to folklore, AFS President Michael Ann Williams announced at the
2014 Annual Meeting the new Judith
McCulloh Award for Lifetime Service to the Field.
Then, in a surprise move,
Williams departed from the prearranged agenda to name the first recipient of
the award: Timothy Lloyd, executive director of the American Folklore Society.
Williams explained the Executive Board's decision to award the
prize this year, without the help or knowledge of the executive director,
"Tim has served the
field of folklore for almost four decades:
beginning his folklore career at the Center for Folklife and Cultural
Heritage at the Smithsonian, later serving as Director of the Ohio Arts Council
Traditional Arts Program, as assistant director of the American Folklife
Center, as Executive Director of Cityfolk, and, of course, since 2001, as
Executive Director of the American Folklore Society.
me emphasize that we are not simply honoring Tim for doing a job that we pay
him to do. But rather for taking our
society to a level of accomplishment and visibility that we might not have imagined
a couple of decades ago, while at the same time setting a tone of civility and
respect. Tim has been both ambitious and
vigilant on our behalf, creating new initiatives, collaborations, and sources
of funding. Judy McCulloh herself wrote
of Tim’s 'exceptional calming powers and organizational skills.' The capability
of being both visionary and calming and organized is indeed one we all might