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Call for nominations

Dear AAGE members,

The call for nominations for President-Elect and Secretary the Association of Anthropology and Gerontology has been extended. Please consider demonstrating your commitment to the unique value and future of AAGE by nominating yourself or a colleague to run for office! We ask that if you are nominating someone other than yourself, you please obtain that person’s permission.

The terms for officers begin at the annual business meeting held in November 2015.The President-Elect serves a one-year term, followed by a two years as President, and one year as Past-President. The President-Elect assists the President with decision-making, planning and coordinating activities and replaces the President in his/her absence. Attendance at the annual business meeting of AAGE is expected, which is typically held in conjunction with the national meetings of other professional associations— such as the American Anthropological Association or the Gerontological Society of America—that our members are likely to attend. AAGE has, in the past, accommodated different conference schedules of members by holding meetings in both locations and coordinating those meetings via liaisons at each location. All other meetings of officers are held by phone conference.

The Secretary serves a two-year term and is expected to record minutes of all AAGE meetings, including the annual business meeting. He/she also handles official correspondence of the organization.

Nominees should submit the following to Rebecca Berman, Elections Coordinator at

Name, title, affiliation and all contact information
A brief nominee statement indicating your interest in service, the position being sought (President-Elect or Secretary) and special qualifications for contributing to AAGE
An abbreviated Curriculum Vitae or Résumé (1 page)

In addition we are looking for a volunteer to step up and assist with managing the AAGE web site.

Thank you for being willing to contribute to the future of AAGE!

Members please vote on revisions AAGE bylaws soon!

Proposed changes to the existing bylaws have been made in order to comply with federal requirements for 501C-3 status. We need approval from a majority of our members. If you did not receive an email in November with a link to the ballot for approval of the revisions to the bylaws and a copy of the bylaws, please contact Rebecca Berman at as soon as possible!

Thank you for your time and continued support.

Election for Treasurer

The Elections for Treasurer of AAGE will be open as of Monday July 13th. A single candidate, Jean J. Schensul, Ph.D., is running unopposed. You will receive an email with a link to a ballot. Please review the candidate’s bio and statement (below) and submit your vote by July 25th.

Personal Statement:
Jean J. Schensul, Ph.D. (Minnesota 1974).
Senior Scientist and Founding Director, Institute for Community Research, Hartford, Ct.(1987-2004
Affiliations with University of Connecticut Health Center and Yale University.

As a medical educational anthropologist, I have been committed to research and collaborative education and advocacy efforts related to health of older adults for many years. As founding Director of the Institute for Community Research (1987-2004) and conducting my own research program as Senior Scientist since 2005, I have focused my research career on collaborative research to address health disparities in vulnerable populations. I have been the PI or co-investigator for over 25 NIH-supported studies and supplements, and for a number of federal and private foundation studies. My work has cut across the developmental spectrum with emphasis on substance abuse basic and prevention research and aging, I have worked on issues of aging in diverse and minority communities since 1980 and from 1987 – 1997 was responsible for over sight of our regional area agency on aging. In recent years I have been PI on three NIH grants addressing the health of older adults including one on HIV exposure, three on older adult oral health (one pending final paperwork), a fourth on flu vaccine uptake (CDC) and another three year foundation funded grant on depression in older adults. My current research focuses on the oral health of older adults, with NIH funding. I am committed to participatory intervention studies with older adults that improve health while increasing socialization opportunities and potential for organizing on public health concerns. My publications cover a variety of health topics across the developmental spectrum, as well as methodology for the conduct of ethnography in community, school and other settings and CBPR. I have been elected president of the SfAA (where I also served on the board and as secretary for a year), and CAE and served as a AAA board member from 2009-2012.

Selected publications:
1999 Schensul, J. Building Community Research Partnerships in the Struggle Against AIDS. Vol. 26(2): 266-283.
2003 Schensul, J., Levy, J. & Disch, W. Individual, contextual and social network factors affecting exposure to HIV/AIDS risk among older residents living in low income senior housing complexes. JAIDS, Vol.1(33): S1382.
2005 Schensul, J. & Burkholder, G. Vulnerability, Social Networks, Sites and Selling as Predictors of Drug Use among Urban African American and Puerto Rican Emerging Adults. Journal of Drug Issues, Vol. 35(2): 379-407.
2006 Schensul, J. J., Robison, J., Reyes, C., Radda, K., Gaztambide, S., & Disch, W. (2006). Building interdisciplinary/intersectoral research partnerships for community-based mental health research with older minority adults. American journal of community psychology, 38(1-2), 79-93.
2008 Schensul, J., Berg, M. & Williamson, K. Challenging Hegemonies: Advancing Collaboration in Community Based Participatory Action Research. Collaborative Anthropologies, Vol.1:102 – 138.
2009 Schensul, J. Community, Culture and Sustainability in Multilevel Dynamic Systems Intervention Science, American Journal of Community Psychology, Vol. 43(3/4), June 2009.
2009 Robison, J., Schensul, J. J., Coman, E., Diefenbach, G. J., Radda, K. E., Gaztambide, S., & Disch, W. B. (2009). Mental health in senior housing: racial/ethnic patterns and correlates of major depressive disorder. Aging & mental health, 13(5), 659-673.
2010 Schensul, J., Chandran, D., Singh, S.K., Berg, M., Gupta, K. The Use of Qualitative Comparative Analysis for Critical Event Research in Alcohol and HIV in Mumbai, India. AIDS and Behavior: Volume 14, Issue 1 (2010), Page 113.
2010 Berg, M., D. Kremelberg, P. Diwedi, S. Verma, J. Schensul, K. Gupta, D. Chandran, S. K. Singh. “The Effects of Husband’s Alcohol Consumption on Married Women in Three Low-Income Areas of Greater Mumbai. AIDS and Behavior 14(0): 126-135.
2010 Schensul, J., S. Singh, et al. (2010). “Alcohol and HIV in India: A Review of Current Research and Intervention.
AIDS and Behavior 14(0): 1-7.
2009 Schensul, J. Engaged Universities, Community Based Research Organizations and Third Sector Science in a Global System, Human Organization, Vol. 69(4): 308 – 320.
2011 Singer, E. & Schensul, J.J. 2011. Negotiating Ecstasy Risk, Reward and Control: A qualitative analysis of drug management patterns among Ecstasy-using urban young adults. Substance Use and Misuse, Vol. 47:1675-1689.
2011 Trickett, E.J., Beehler, S., Deutsch, C. Green, L., Hawe, Pl, McLeroy, K., Miller R.L., Rapkin, B.D., Schensul, Jean J., Schultz, A.M., Trimble, J.E. Advancing the Science of Community-Level Interventions, AJPH, Vol. 101(8): 1410-1419.
2012. Moonzwe, L., Schensul, J.J., & Kostick, K. The Role of MDMA (Ecstasy) in Coping with Negative Life Situations Among Urban Young Adults, Jr. of Psychoactive drugs, Vol. 42(3):199–210. .
2012 Coman, E., Iordache, E., Schensul, J., & Coiculescu, I. Comparisons of CES-D depression scoring methods in two older adults ethnic groups. The emergence of an ethnic-specific brief three-item CES-D scale. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Http://
2012 Black, A., K. Serowik, Schensul, J. et al. “Build a Better Mouse: Directly-Observed Issues in Computer Use for Adults with SMI.” Psychiatric Quarterly: 1-12.
2012 Schensul, J., Nair, S., Bilgi, S. Cromley, E., Kadam, V., D Mello, S., Donta, B. Availability, Accessibility Availability, accessibility and promotion of smokeless tobacco in a low-income area of Mumbai.” Tobacco Control. Online First 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2011-050148
2013 Schensul, J. “Building a System Dynamic Model of Smokeless Tobacco Use in Mumbai.” Practicing Anthropology 35.1 (2013): 24-28.
2013 Schensul, J.. Youth Participatory Action Research. Chapter in Encyclopedia of Action Research, edited by Brydon-Miller, M.
2014 Trotter, R., Schensul, J. & Kostick, K. Applied Research Methods, in Bernard, H.R. and Gravlee, L. Research Methods in Anthropology, 2nd edition in press.
2014 Schensul, S., Schensul, J., Weeks, M. Singer, M. CBPR/PAR in anthropology in Bernard, H.R. and Gravlee, L. Research Methods in Anthropology, 2nd edition, in press.
2014 Moonzwe, L., Schensul, S., Schensul, J., Nastasi, B. Women’s Empowerment and its Differential Impact on Health in Low Income Communities in Mumbai, India”. Global Public Health, in press.
2014 Brawner, B. Reason, J., Goodman, B., Guthrie, B. and Schensul, J. Community Ethnography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Exploration of Multi-level Drivers of HIV/AIDS among Black Philadelphians. Nursing Research, in press.
2015 Schensul, J.J. Community-based Research Organizations: Co-constructing public knowledge and bridging knowledge/action communities through Participatory Action Research in Public Anthropology in a Borderless World, Beck, S. & Maida, C. A. (eds). Los Angeles, CA: U of California Press, accepted for publication.
2015 Nastasi, B. K., Schensul, J.J., Schensul, S.L., Mekkibarada, A., Pelto, P.J., Maitra, S., Verma, R., Saggurti, N. A Model for Translating Ethnography and Theory into Culturally Constructed Clinical Practices. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry. March, 2015, accepted for publication.

As a medical anthropologist with a commitment to gerontological research and intervention, I have worked in interdisciplinary gerontological circles for some time. Often I find that am the only person representing anthropology. I am committed to advancing anthropological work in gerontology and geriatrics and see a closer relationship with AAGE as one way to become more familiar with the work of other anthropological gerontologists around the country and the world. I also have many years of experience in the management of research nonprofits, including fiscal management, and had fiscal oversight in the organizations for which I held elected office. I would very much enjoy bringing this experience to bear on the economic well-being of the AAGE, a strong organization with a committed membership.

Deadline for Vote on Bylaws Extended

For anyone who may not have received an email and/or have not yet voted online, you will soon be receiving a paper copy of the bylaws along with a ballot in the mail. The deadline for voting on the revised bylaws has been extended to November 30, 2013. Please vote if you haven’t yet done so!

Vote on the Revision of Bylaws

Over the past few years it has become clear that our current bylaws (1979) no longer reflect our association’s operating practices nor its structure. The Executive Council recently reviewed the bylaws with an eye towards 1) streamlining the association’s organization; 2) incorporating a greater number of perspectives; 3) modernizing our legal and fiscal structure (reincorporating as a 501c3); and 4) providing greater clarity in regard to operations. After months of discussion, we invite you to vote on the acceptance/ rejection of proposed revised bylaws.

Members should have received an email with a copy of the current and the proposed bylaws and organizational structure of AAGE.

Our current bylaws require a 2/3’s majority to approve revisions to the bylaws.  It is important that you vote.  Please voice your opinion by voting using the online link provided in your email by Nov 8th, 2013.

Elections close Tuesday, October 15th!

AAGE members should have received an email by now with a link to a ballot and the candidates’ statements.

Please submit your vote by Oct 15th.


Iveris L. Martinez

(PhD, Anthropology & Public Health, The Johns Hopkins University, 2001; Postdoctoral training, 2002-2003, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Health Policy & Management)  Associate Professor of Medicine, Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University, Miami, Florida)


Lydia K. Manning

(Ph.D., Social Gerontology, Miami University, 2011  along with an Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies; Associate Professor of Gerontology, Concordia University Chicago, College of Graduate and Innovative Programs)

Although both candidates are running unopposed, it is very important that we get as many votes as possible from our membership, so please be sure to check your email for the voting link.

If you have any questions or did not receive an email, please contact Rebecca Berman at

Upcoming Elections

The Association of Anthropology and Gerontology will be holding elections for President-Elect and Secretary. Members will receive an email soon with a link to an online ballot.  If your membership is current and you do not receive an email by Sept 27th, please contact AAGE.