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The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education honors new officers, fellows, 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, fellows, and awardees.

The installation of the officers and presentation of the awards will occur at AGHE's 39th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference, taking place from February 28 to March 3 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront in St. Petersburg, FL. 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.

Donna Wagner, PhD, New Mexico State University

Leland "Bert" Waters, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University

Jenny Mendez, PhD, Wayne State University
Pamela Elfenbein, PhD, Gainesville State College

AGHE fellow status is an honor that recognizes outstanding leadership in gerontology and geriatrics education by established scholars and educators.

Mary Cadogan, DrPH, RN, CGNP, University of California, Los Angeles
Gayle Doll, PhD, Kansas State University
Karen F. Kopera-Frye, PhD, University of Louisiana at Monroe
Sandra L. McGuire, EdD, RN, GNP, Lincoln Memorial University
Margaret B. Neal, PhD, Portland State University
Cheryl Osborne, EdD, MSN, California State University, Sacramento

Clark Tibbitts Award
Presented to Marie A. Bernard, MD, National Institute on Aging
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 Lesa Lorenzen Huber, PhD, Indiana University
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.

Mildred M. Seltzer Distinguished Service Recognition
Presented to Alton Dubois, PhD, Concordia University Chicago
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 Leslie Morgan, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, for "Paradigms in the Gerontology Classroom: Connections and Challenges to Learning"
Honorable mention is given to Anabel Pelham, PhD, San Francisco State University, Donna Schafer, PhD, National Association of Professional Gerontologists; Pauline Abbott, EdD, California State University, Fullerton, and Carroll Estes, PhD, University of California, San Francisco, for "Professionalizing Gerontology: Why AGHE Must Accredit Gerontology Programs"
The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence in scholarship in academic gerontology in AGHE's official journal, Gerontology & Geriatrics Education.

Administrative Leadership Award
Presented to Judy L. Genshaft, PhD, University of South Florida 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 Kristen E. Porter, MS, University of Massachusetts Boston, for "LGBT Aging Trainings Effectuate Positive Change in Mainstream Elder Service Providers?"
Honorable mention is given to Colleen R. Bennett, MS, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, for "What's 'Glee' Got To Do With It? Lesbians' Future Care Concerns and Popular Media"
This award acknowledges excellence in scholarly work conducted by an AGHE Annual Meeting student attendee.

Part-Time Faculty Recognition
Presented to David B. Oliver, PhD, University of MissouriColumbia
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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