Part-Time/Adjunct Faculty Honor

Purpose of the Honor

Nationwide, reliance on part-time and/or adjunct faculty to teach gerontology and/or geriatrics courses is very high. Without the efforts and dedication of these individuals, often at extremely low compensation, gerontology and geriatrics programs might not be able to deliver a full curriculum. Accordingly, AGHE invites you to nominate one of these individuals so that he/she might be formally honored for contributions to gerontology and/or geriatrics education at your institution.

Eligibility Criteria

Each member institution may nominate one part-time/adjunct faculty member per year.

  • Nominees should demonstrate high quality teaching as documented by peer and/or student evaluations.
  • Nominees should also demonstrate a long-term commitment (at least five years) to gerontology and/or geriatrics education both in the classroom and beyond.
  • Full-time faculty are not eligible to receive this award even if their gerontology and/or geriatrics assignments are part-time.

This is a honor rather than a competitive award. Those nominated are not required to attend the Annual Meeting or be active members of AGHE.


Nominees will be reviewed by the AGHE Faculty Development Committee and honorees will be recommended to the Awards Committee. Final approval is given by the Association’s Executive Committee. Several individuals may be recognized each year.


Recipient(s) receive a personalized certificate, complimentary Annual Meeting registration in the year the honor is presented, and will be honored at the Annual Meeting of the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Nomination Process

The Nominator is responsible for submitting:

1. Nomination Form

2. Curriculum Vitae or Resume

3. 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..


Roger Anunsen, JD | Portland Community College
Amanda P. Weber, MS | Towson University


Robert S. Anderson Jr. | University of New England
Lisa A. Kendall | Ithaca College
Robin Sherman | University of Massachusetts Boston


Gregory D. Bearce | University of Southern California


Victoria S. Thieme | University of New England
Judith Griffin | University of Massachusetts Boston
Barbara Hughes Leasure | Carroll Lutheran Village


David Oliver | University of Missouri-Columbia


Reeve Lipworth Goldhaber | Boston University
Louise M. Murray | University of North Carolina Charlotte


Charlotte Paolini | University of New England


Darlene Heian | Utica College


Christa Caldarale-Ahern | The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Catherine Ivy | Georgia State University


Anne Summer | University of New England
John Hogan | Oregon State University
Marilynn G. Goering | Madonna University

2006 Kaye Herzer | Spokane Falls Community College

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