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Scott Wilks

Scott Wilks

Assistant Professor
Gerontology Certificate Coordinator
LSU School of Social Work

What was your previous position and where?

After receiving my doctorate from the University of Georgia, I worked in the Department of Social Work at Appalachian State University from 2004-06 as assistant professor.

What brought you to LSU?

A few reasons: 1) I wanted to develop my career at a flagship, doctoral/research extensive institution; 2) I wanted to move my immediate family closer to my extended family; and 3) LSU is my undergraduate alma mater — sociology.

What is your research interest?

Broadly, my research interest is in geriatric social work; specifically, it is in Alzheimer’s care. I enjoy focusing on factors of risk and resilience.

What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?

First, I hope to earn tenure. Subsequently, I intend to continue developing my career and become nationally and internationally renowned in Alzheimer’s care research.

What do you enjoy most about LSU?

I enjoy LSU because of the support that I receive in my school and within our Office of Social Service Research & Development; the collaborations among my colleagues with the Life Course & Aging Center; community partnerships, including Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area; and, most importantly for me, the commitment to service and compassion for Louisiana’s vulnerable citizens that I witness daily from our social work faculty and students.

What are your major accomplishments?

Without a doubt, my greatest professional achievement was being named a John A. Hartford Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work, the first in the state of Louisiana. It put me on the map as a geriatric social work scholar. Another recent accomplishment of which I am proud is serving as the only non-tenured member on the editorial board of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work, the leading journal in the area of social work and aging.

 




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