Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education

AGHE’s 9th Annual Teaching Institute—From 18 to 108: What Teaching and Training Could Look Like at an Age-Friendly University

Wednesday, November 13 | 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. | Fee (Separate Registration Required)

Speakers:  Laura Donorfio, University of Connecticut; Carrie Andreoletti, Central Connecticut State University; Lisa Borrero, University of Indianapolis; Brian Champman, University of Connecticut; Kimberly Farah, Lasell College; Lyn Holley, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Joann Montepare, Lasell College; Margaret Manoogian, Western Oregon University; Nina Silverstein, University of Massachusetts Boston

This interactive workshop will discuss how changing age demographics have inspired the Age-Friendly University (AFU) initiative and greater attention to geragogy and age diversity in classrooms.  A panel of experts will discuss and share various teaching, learning, and training strategies successfully used with older learners and intergenerational models that can easily fit into an existing or aspirational AFU framework.  Participants will share thoughts on the challenges and barriers that arise when considering aspirational frameworks needed to become an AFU.  Common myths, logistical steps, and strategies to successfully implement AFU activities will be discussed, as well as how to get university, community, and student buy-in. Many of us are already using various strategies and models that fall under the guise of an AFU but are unaware of how to further develop these models to achieve AFU designation.  In its broadest sense, this workshop will help campuses become more age friendly.

Clark Tibbitts Award and Hiram J. Friedsam Mentorship Award Lectures 

Thursday, November 14 | 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.

The Clark Tibbits Award lecture will feature an address by the 2019 award recipient, David Burdick, PhD, of Stockton University. AGHE's Clark Tibbits Award was established in 1980 and named for an architect of the field of gerontological education. The award is given each year to an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of gerontology and geriatrics education.

The Hiram J. Friedsam Award lecture will feature an address by the 2019 award recipient, Dr. Bradley Fisher of Missouri State University. Hiram J. Friedsam was the professor, co-founder, and director of the Center for Studies in Aging and dean of the School of Community Service at the University of North Texas. Dr. Friedsam was an outstanding teacher, researcher, colleague, and mentor to students, faculty, and administrators, as well as a past president of AGHE. The purpose of this award is to recognize those who emulate Dr. Friedsam's excellence in mentorship.

AGHE Evening Event 

Thursday, November 14 | 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. | Fee: $30 (Separate Registration Required)

Experience Austin, Texas, at Scholz Garden!  All GSA attendees are invited to join the annual AGHE get-together.  Expect BBQ sliders and snacks, a great selection of local brew and spirits, and Texas music at an old-school Austin institution. Elevate your GSA by getting yourself and friends on over to Scholz.  A single Texas brew is included with each ticket purchase.

Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education Breakfast and Business Meeting 

Friday, November 15 | 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. | Fee: $25 (Separate Registration Required for Breakfast)

Join your colleagues at the AGHE business meeting to celebrate award recipients and newest fellows. This event also offers a great opportunity to discover how to get involved in AGHE activities. The fee includes breakfast; however, limited general seating is available for those who want to listen and not purchase a meal.

Distinguished Faculty and Rising Star Early-Career Faculty Award Lectures 

Friday, November 15 | 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.

The Distinguished Faculty Award lecture will feature an address by 2019 recipient Gayle Doll, PhD, of Kansas State University, titled TBD. The Distinguished Faculty Award acknowledges individuals whose teaching stands out as exemplary, innovative, or influential—or any combination thereof. 

The Rising Star Early-Career Faculty Award lecture will feature an address by 2019 recipient Katarina Felsted, PhD, of the University of Utah, titled TBD. The Rising Star Early-Career Faculty Award acknowledges new faculty whose teaching and leadership stand out as influential and innovative

Presidential Symposium: Education Networks: Strengthening Gerontology and Geriatrics Through Connectivity 

Friday, November 15 | 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Chair: Judith Howe

Discussant:  Kathryn Hyer

Speakers:  Phillip Clark, Joann M. Montepare, Margaret A. Perkinson

The AGHE Presidential Symposium, related to the theme of the annual scientific meeting, underscores the importance of networks, collaborations and partnerships in advancing education in gerontology and geriatrics. AGHE has been at the forefront of many innovative programs since it was founded in 1974, contributing to the growth of the field and the recognition of education as one pillar of the field of gerontology and geriatrics, along with research, policy and practice. This symposium highlights three ongoing initiatives that promote connections and collaborations. The first paper discusses the Age-Friendly University (AFU) network which is made of institutions around the globe who have committed themselves to becoming more age-friendly in their programs and policies. AGHE endorses the AFU principles and invites its members and affiliates to call upon their institutions become part of this pioneering initiative. The AFU initiative is one of several international activities that AGHE, global leaders in education on aging, has engaged in. The second paper describes international networking activities such as collaborations with international organizations including the World Health Organization and connecting international and US students. In the third paper, initiatives to connect disciplines and professions through competency-based education and curricula are discussed. For instance, the Gerontology Competencies for Undergraduate and Graduate Education and the Program of Merit promote competency-based gerontology education across disciplines and professions. Supported by the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.


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