Last modified: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Hawkins selected fellow of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
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Feb. 17, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Barbara Hawkins, professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies in Indiana University's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, has been selected as Fellow of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) by the Educational Unit of the Gerontological Society of America Fellow Selection and Executive Committees of Global Leaders in Education on Aging.
This honor is given to an individual who has demonstrated leadership in gerontology/geriatric education. Hawkins' research and teaching focuses on the health, daily life activities and well-being of older adults. This includes social support, mental well-being and material security.
Her research has involved a multidisciplinary team of scholars from more than 15 countries world-wide in a Global Aging Initiative. Her current studies include the development of an index of individual aging well, and the development of a comprehensive evaluation system for assessing environments that promote active living for older adults.
Hawkins received the HPER Outstanding Researcher Award in 2005 and has served as director of the IU Center on Aging and Aged, board member and president of the Society of Park and Recreation Educators, and board member of International Federation on Ageing. She has received more than $2.1 million in funded research, curriculum development and outreach grants, including awards from the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and National Recreation and Park Association.
The Gerontological Society of America is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The primary purpose of the society -- and its more than 5,000 members -- is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers and the general public.
Indiana University's School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation encompasses a broad spectrum of academic interests and professional fields. The School of HPER offers nearly 50 undergraduate and advanced degree programs through its departments of Applied Health Science, Kinesiology, and Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies. To further its health and wellness initiative, Campus Recreational Sports provides sport and fitness services for the IU community and the public. More information can be found at www.hper.indiana.edu.