Hiram J. Friedsam Mentorship Award

Purpose of the Award

Hiram J. Friedsam was a 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. The University of North Texas established the first gerontology program in the state of Texas and one of the first in the nation. He was an outstanding teacher, researcher, colleague, and mentor to students, faculty, and administrators, and a past-president of AGHE. The purpose of this award is to recognize those who emulate Dr. Friedsam's excellence in mentorship.

Eligibility Criteria

Nominees must have contributed to gerontological and/or geriatrics education through excellence in mentorship to students, faculty, or administrators and have advanced the goals and mission of the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education. At the time of the nomination, the nominee must be affiliated with an AGHE member institution.


Nominees will be reviewed and an awardee will be recommended by the AGHE Awards Committee with final approval given by the Association's Executive Committee.


The awardee receives an engraved plaque, $500 cash award (dependent upon funding), complimentary Annual Meeting registration in the year the award is presented, and delivers a presentation on mentoring at the Annual Meeting of the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Nomination Process

To be considered for the award, the nominator must submit, via email, a nominations packet that includes a primary letter of nomination, a maximum of four supporting letters of nomination, a copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae, and a headshot. Only electronic submissions will be reviewed. If at all possible, the nomination packet should be in the form of one, PDF file that includes all of the required material. Nomination packets should be sent to AGHE at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Nominators are encouraged to work closely with nominees to ensure the strongest and most complete nomination package possible. Self-nominations are not permitted.

For questions about this award please contact the AGHE office at (202) 289-9806 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phillip G. Clark, Sc.D. | University of Rhode Island
Kelvin J. A. Davies, Ph.D., D.Sc. | University of Southern California
Jan Abushakrah, Ph.D. | Portland Community College
Jennifer C. Mendez, Ph.D. | Wayne State University
Nina M. Silverstein, Ph.D. | University of Massachusetts Boston
Lesa Lorenzen Huber, Ph.D. | Indiana University
Marilyn R. Gugliucci, Ph.D. | University of New England
Dena Shenk, Ph.D. | University of North Carolina Charlotte
David A. Chiriboga, Ph.D. | University of South Florida
Suzanne R. Kunkel, Ph.D. | Miami University

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