The Association For Gerontology In Higher Education Congratulates New Fellows, Awardees

February 16, 2009 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), the educational branch of The Gerontological Society of America, is proud to announce its 2009 fellows and awardees.

The presentation of these honors will occur at AGHE’s 35th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference, taking place February 26 – March 1, 2009, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel-Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX. 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.


AGHE confers fellow status to individuals to recognize outstanding leadership in gerontological/geriatric education by established scholars and educators at AGHE member institutions. The 2009 fellows are:

  • James W. Ellor, PhD, Baylor University

  • K. Della Ferguson, PhD, Utica College

  • Patricia Swager, MEd, Nevada Geriatric Education Center

  • Donna L. Wagner, PhD, Towson University

  • Janice I. Wassel, PhD, University of North Carolina-Greensboro


Clark Tibbits Award

Presented to Larry Polivka, PhD, University of South Florida.

AGHE’s Clark Tibbitts 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.

Mildred M. Seltzer Distinguished Service Recognition

Presented to Althea Taylor-Jones, PhD, Winston-Salem State University, and Stephen J. Cutler, PhD, University of Vermont.

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.

Hiram J. Friedsam Mentorship Award
Presented to Suzanne R. Kunkel, PhD, Miami University of Ohio.
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 Karen Kopera-Frye, PhD, University of Nevada-Reno, and Lara Donorfio, PhD, University of Connecticut.

This award recognizes persons whose teaching stands out as exemplary, innovative, of impact, or any combination thereof.

David A. Peterson Gerontology & Geriatrics Education Best Paper of the Volume Award

Presented to Brent C. Williams, MD, MPH; Amy R. Schigelone, PhD; James T. Fitzgerald, PhD; and Jeffrey B. Halter, MD, for the article “Successful Implementation of a Faculty Development Program in Geriatrics for Non-Primary Care Physician Educators.” Honorable mention is given to Constance L. Coogle, PhD; Iris A. Parham, PhD; and Rita Jablonski, PhD, for the article “The Value of Geriatric Care Enhancement Training for Direct Service Workers.”

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

Graduate Student Paper Award

Presented to Christina Miyawaki, MA, MSW, University of California, Berkley.

This award acknowledges excellence in scholarly work conducted by an AGHE Annual Meeting student attendee.

Book Award for Best Children’s Literature on Aging

Presented to Sheila Bair, JD, for “Rock, Brock, and the Savings Shock” in the primary reader (pre-K grade) category, and Ilene Cooper for “The Golden Rule” in the elementary reader (3rd grade) category.

This award recognizes portrayals of meaningful aging in children’s literature.


Article adapted by Medical News Today from original press release.


The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) is the educational branch of The Gerontological Society of America, the nation’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. AGHE seeks to advance gerontology as a field of study at institutions of higher education through conferences, publications, technical assistance, research studies, and consultation with policy makers. AGHE’s membership includes more than 275 organizations and institutions of higher education.

Source: Todd Kluss

The Gerontological Society of America



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