FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                         Date: April 30, 2003

         Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716


Adjunct faculty member at UIS receives gerontology award


SPRINGFIELD Nancy Nelson, an adjunct faculty member in the Human Services program at the University of Illinois at Springfield, is among the recipients of the 2003 Part-Time Faculty Recognition Honor bestowed by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. Recipients will also be honored at the AGHE conference, to be held in February in Richmond, Virginia.

Intended to recognize part-time or adjunct instructors who have made significant contributions to gerontological education, the award honors part-time faculty nationwide, without whose efforts and dedication many gerontology programs would be unable to deliver a full curriculum.

To be eligible for this recognition, nominees must demonstrate high-quality teaching documented by peer and/or student evaluations, as well as at least five years’ commitment to gerontology education, in the classroom and beyond.

Nelson has taught a course in policies and programs for the elderly at UIS for many years. Presently executive director of the Illinois HomeCare Council, a membership association representing home health care, hospice, and home care agencies, she was formerly deputy director of the Illinois Department on Aging. Nelson earned the master’s degree in Gerontology at UIS.

Jeffrey Chesky, professor of Human Services and Biology, nominated Nelson for the award to recognize her service “above and beyond.” “In addition to teaching for us, she’s mentored students, served on committees, and been responsible for many field placements, which often resulted in permanent positions for our students,” he explained. “She has been exemplary.”

Human Services at UIS is a master’s-level program that includes a 12-hour professional development sequence in gerontology. The sequence is designed for individuals who already hold a master’s degree and who are working in some capacity with the elderly or who otherwise want to gain basic, graduate-level course work in gerontology.

AGHE is an educational unit of the Gerontological Society of America and seeks to advance gerontology as a field of study in higher education through conferences, publications, research, and consultation with policy makers. There are more than 300 member organizations and institutions of higher education nationwide.