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The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education honors new officers, fellow, awardees

The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) the educational branch of The Gerontological Society of America is proud to announce its newest elected officers, fellow, and the recipients of its 2012 awards.

The installation of the officers and presentation of the awards will occur at AGHE's 38th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference, taking place from February 23 to 26 at the Hilton Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, VA. This event provides a forum for professionals in the field of aging to present their work and share ideas about gerontological and geriatric education and training. Visit for complete details.


These individuals are responsible for matters of governance and strategic planning for the organization.

Kelly Niles Yokum, PhD, York College of Pennsylvania

Members at Large
Kelly Fitzgerald, PhD, University of Zurich
Christine Fruhauf, PhD, Colorado State University
Donna Weinreich, PhD, Western Michigan University

AGHE fellow status is an honor that recognizes outstanding leadership in gerontology and geriatrics education by established scholars and educators.
Pamela Elfenbein, MSW, PhD, Gainesville State College


Clark Tibbitts Award
Presented to John A. Krout, PhD, Ithaca College
This award was established in 1980 to recognize individuals who and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the advancement gerontology as a field of study in institutions of higher education.

Hiram J. Friedsam Mentorship Award
Presented to Marilyn R. Gugliucci, PhD, University of New England
This award, named for an outstanding mentor in gerontology, is given to an individual who has contributed to gerontological education through excellence in mentorship to students, faculty, and administrators.

Distinguished Faculty Award
Presented to Leslie A. Morgan, PhD, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and Jennifer R. Sasser, PhD, Marylhurst University
This award recognizes persons whose teaching stands out as exemplary, innovative, of impact, or any combination thereof.

Mildred M. Seltzer Distinguished Service Recognition
Presented to William J. McAuley, PhD, George Mason University; Leonard W. Poon, PhD, University of Georgia; and Paul A. Roodin, PhD, State University of New York at Oswego

This award honors colleagues who are near retirement or recently retired. Recipients are individuals who have been actively involved in AGHE through service on committees, as elected officers, and/or have provided leadership in one of AGHE's grant-funded projects.

David A. Peterson Gerontology & Geriatrics Education Best Paper of the Volume Award
Presented to Thomas Meuser, PhD, University of Missouri St. Louis; David B. Carr, MD, Washington University in St. Louis; Anna Faul, PhD, University of Louisville; Cheryl Irmiter, PhD, Loyola University Chicago; Joanna Schwartzberg, MD, American Medical Association; and Gudmundur Freyr Ulfarsson, PhD, University of Iceland, for the article "The American Medical Association Older Driver Curriculum for Health Professionals: Changes in Trainee Confidence, Attitudes & Practice Behavior"

Honorable mention is given to John A. Krout, PhD, Ithaca College; Elizabeth Bergman, PhD, Ithaca College; Penny Bianconi, Ithaca College; Kathryn Caldwell, PhD, Ithaca College; Julie Dorsey, MS, OTR/L, Ithaca College; Susan Durnford, MS, CCC-SLP, Ithaca College; Mary Ann Erickson, PhD, Ithaca College; Julia Lapp, PhD, RD, CDN, Ithaca College; Janice Elich Monroe, PhD, CTRS, Ithaca College; Christine Pogorzala, MS, Ithaca College; and Jessica Valdez Taves, MS, OTR/L, Ithaca College, for the article "Intergenerational Service-Learning with Elders: Multidisciplinary Activities and Outcomes"

The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence in scholarship in academic gerontology in AGHE's official journal, Gerontology & Geriatrics Education.

Book Award for Best Children's Literature on Aging
Presented to author Gayle Byrne and illustrator Mary Haverfield for "Sometimes It's Grandmas and Grandpas Not Mommies and Daddies"
This award recognizes portrayals of meaningful aging in children's literature.

Administrative Leadership Award
Presented to Nadine A. Coudret, MSN, EdD, University of Southern Indiana
This award honors administrators on AGHE member campuses who have made exceptional efforts in support of gerontology or geriatrics education.

Graduate Student Paper Award
Presented to Melinda Heinz, PhD, Iowa State University
This award acknowledges excellence in scholarly work conducted by an AGHE Annual Meeting student attendee.

Part-Time Faculty Recognition
Presented to Reeve Lipworth Goldhaber, MSW, Boston University; and Louise
M. Murray, EdD, University of North Carolina Charlotte This award formally recognizes the contributions of part-time and/or adjunct faculty for their contributions to gerontological education at an AGHE member institution.

Contact: Todd Kluss
The Gerontological Society of America

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