LSU School of Social Work Professor Named Gerontological Society of America Fellow

10/01/2015

BATON ROUGE – On May 4, Scott E. Wilks, associate professor at the LSU School of Social Work, was named Fellow by the Gerontological Society of America, or GSA. Upon review and recommendations by the GSA Fellowship Committee, his Fellow status was unanimously approved by the GSA Council.

The status of Fellow — the highest class of membership within the GSA — is an acknowledgment of outstanding and continuing work in gerontology. Wilks is a Fellow in the GSA specification of social research, policy and practice. He was nominated by two internationally recognized scholars in gerontology: Nancy Kropf, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions at Georgia State University; and Barbara Berkman, Professor Emerita of Health & Mental Health in Social Work at Columbia University.

Wilks has been a member of GSA for more than eight years. His GSA Fellow status is recognition of his broad scope of professional activity related to gerontological research, teaching, administration, public service and notable participation within GSA. Some of his achievements in the field of aging include: named a John A. Hartford Foundation Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work; developed the LSU School of Social Work Graduate Certificate in Gerontology Program; longstanding commitment to research in Alzheimer’s care and service in related organizations; and dedication to teaching and mentoring the next generation of gerontological social work scholars.   

Wilks will be formally recognized and pinned as Fellow during GSA’s 68th Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held Nov. 18-22 in Orlando, Fla.

The GSA is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,500-plus members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers and the general public. GSA’s structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society and an educational branch, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. For more information on GSA, visit www.geron.org.  

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