Fellow Nomination Form 2023

All materials must be submitted to this site no later than 11:59pm (PST) on February 15, 2023. Nominees must satisfy the society-wide and section-specific requirements outlined in 2023 Code of Procedures and Requirements for Fellow Status

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To view the complete form requirements, please select the GSA Member Group/Section through which the nominee is applying for Fellow Status. Submitters will not be able to see the correct form fields unless this section is completed first. 

1. Nominator Information

I confirm that this nominator is a current GSA and/or AGHE fellow. *

2. Nominee Information

Race (select all that apply): *
Ethnicity: *
Gender Identity: *

I confirm that at at the time of the application deadline, the nominee will have completed at least 7 years of active membership in GSA at the Regular and Transitional membership level (years as a student member are not eligible towards meeting the membership minimum). *

3. CV Upload

4. Nominee Education/Training

Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education. Include advanced degree beyond the baccalaureate conferred by a graduate school of recognized standing, or a professional degree from an accredited progessional institution. Minimum one, maximum five.
*The requirement of an advanced or professional degree may be waived upon submission of evidence satisfactory to the fellows review panels of the Society of substantial contribution or performance in gerontology.

5. Personal Statement

6. Current Engagement in Advancement of Gerontology

Engagement at the time of nomination. Nominees can demonstrate such engagement in a variety of ways, including the following:

a. Academic

Such as teaching courses on aging. Maximum five.

b. Administrative

Such as chairing a department of gerontology or an aging studies program, or administrating an aging services or advocacy organization. Maximum of five. 

c. Clinical or Other Practice

Such as working with older adults, caregivers, staff of geriatric facilities, or aging services organizations in innovative ways, or supervising students in geriatric practice. Maximum of five. 

d. Public Policy

Such as advocating for older adults at local, state, regional, and/or national levels. Maximum five.

e. Research

Such as administering grants, or promoting methodological or statistical improvements. Maximum five.

7. Past Scholarly Achievements in the Field of Gerontology

a. Educational Contributions

Examples include:
  • developing innovative curricula for gerontology tracks
  • winning teaching awards for gerontology courses
  • leading nationally recognized aging-related programs
Maximum five. 

b. Publications

Publications in peer-reviewed journals. Maximum five.

c. Funded Research Projects

Maximum five.

d. Chaired Symposia at National Conventions

Exclude any presentations/symposia presented at a GSA meeting. Maximum five.

8. Involvement in GSA Activities

Nominees must show evidence of a strong and sustained commitment to the Society*, which can be demonstrated in a variety of ways, such as:
  • performing reviews of GSA abstracts or journal submissions
  • volunteering on a committee/workgroup/advisory panel/member group program within GSA
  • volunteering in member engagement programs and products (webinars, workshops, etc.)
  • serving as an Interest Group convener
  • publishing articles in GSA journals
  • applying and/or serving as a nominator for a GSA Award
  • participating in the GSA Mentor Match program as either a mentor or mentee
  • contributing to the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting by chairing symposia or giving presentations
  • supporting GSA by giving to a donation fund
Minimum of 4, maximum of 10.
*Any involvement in The Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education prior to the 2018 merger may be considered GSA activities.

GSA Mission

9. Additional Section Specific Criteria Statement

4. Personal Statement

Describe the ways in which you meet the fellows requirements for the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education:
a. Outstanding achievement in teaching
b. Influential research or publications on pedagogy or educational issues
c. Substantial contributions to AGHE through engagement in executive, committee, or advocacy initiatives on its behalf
d. Influential research publications or theoretical contributions on gerontological or geriatric education and training
e. Leadership in administration and funding of gerontological or geriatric educational programs, including the development of new programs
Describe the ways in which you meet the fellows requirements for the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section:
  1. Active involvement in the advancement of the field of gerontology
  2. Primary membership in the BSS section for at least 7 years
  3. Publication and/or research of a substantial body of recognized work contributing to the literature on gerontology in the behavioral or social sciences
Describe the ways in which you meet the fellows requirements for the Biological Sciences Section:
  1. Either a medical degree or a doctoral degree in gerontology related to experimental biology and conferred by a graduate school of recognized standing 
  2. Prior status as a member of the section for at least 3 years
  3. Five years of research experience subsequent to the granting of the doctoral degree
  4. Evidence of meritorious performance in biology or a related field
  5. Publication of papers (or the equivalent) prior to fellows application, in areas relating to the biology of the aging process 
Describe the ways in which you meet the fellows requirements for the Social Research, Policy, and Practice section:
  1. Primary membership in the SRPP section for at least 5 years
  2. Significant contributions to applied gerontological research, policy, or practice, as evidenced by one or more of the following:
    • publications in peer-reviewed journals, or authorship of books, book chapters, or professionally recognized reports and monographs related to the aging population
    • leadership positions in organizations or agencies that are recognized for high-quality services to older adults, the development of innovative programs, or a history of advocacy for policies that improve the well-being of older people
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5. Diversity Statement

Diversity Statement (200 word-limit): Please include a statement of your contributions toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the gerontology discipline and/or your career. Through this statement, you are asked to share how past, present, and future academic and professional activities have or will contribute to GSA’s mission of promoting equity and inclusion.

Note: Examples include working with others to further the goals of equity and inclusion; leading in any capacity that tangibly promotes an environment where diversity is welcomed, fostered, and celebrated; creative activity, research and scholarship that promotes equity and parity; teaching and mentoring students/junior scholars, community engagement activities, and/or engaging with faculty and/or staff from historically underrepresented and marginalized group of individuals to create a positive and successful organizational experience.
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Final: Nominee Support Letter

6. Nominee Support Letter

Letter of endorsement instructions: Should clearly reflect how the candidate meets the criteria for Fellowship, has had a visible, sustained impact on gerontology, and has made regular contributions to the Society. 

I have informed the nominee about this nomination and understand GSA will inform myself and the nominee with the results in May 2023. *
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