So, over the past several months, Tash Niro and Jo Anne Long, gero-punk friends and colleagues, have been designing (with very relaxed input from me) a gerontology concentration for the new Healthcare MBA at Marylhurst University. The Chair of the Healthcare MBA asked me to make a little video about what on earth gerontology is, and to say a bit about our particular approach to gerontology, so as to hopefully entice some folks into the concentration. As I mentioned in my post yesterday, one of my stratagems is to infuse the entire curriculum with aging awareness, gero-punk style. For those of you who might be interested in furthering your education, check out the Healthcare MBA–it is quite cool.
I am a freelance educational gerontologist, writer, community activist and facilitator.
I am former Chair of the Department of Human Sciences and Director of Gerontology at Marylhurst University. I joined the faculty as an adjunct member of the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program in 1997 and since that time, I've been involved in designing many on-campus and web-based courses and programs for adult learners, including in Gerontology. As an undergraduate I attended Willamette University, graduating Cum Laude in Psychology and Music; my interdisciplinary graduate studies at University of Oregon and Oregon State University focused on the Human Sciences, with specialization areas in adult development and aging, women’s studies, and critical social theory and alternative research methodologies. My dissertation became part of a book published in 1996 and co-authored with Dr. Janet Lee--Blood Stories: Menarche and the Politics of the Female Body in Contemporary US Society. Over the past twenty (or more!) years I have been involved in inquiry in the areas of creativity in later life; older women's embodiment; sexuality and aging; critical Gerontological theory; transformational adult learning practices; and inter-generational friendships and cross-generational collaborative inquiry.
I am co-author, with Dr. Harry R. Moody of Aging: Concepts and Controversies (now in its 10th edition!) and first author, also with Moody, of the recently published Gerontology: The Basics, as well as author/co-author of several book chapters, articles and essays.
I am on the Portland Community College Gerontology Program faculty.
Great Jennifer. I’ve passed this on to others!