Who We Are
The USM Aging Initiative is a new campus-level initiative created to connect faculty, staff, and students who have research and scholarship interests in any aspect of the aging field. The goal is three-fold: to foster engagement on the experience of aging at the individual and system levels; to connect those faculty, staff, and students who have similar areas of interest in ways that support scholarly inquiry; and to promote aging-related scholarship that is already taking place on campus. The USM AI has received funding through the USM's Title III Faculty Interest Group (FIG) program for the 2017-2018 academic year in order to develop an initiative website that will serve these goals and to host a symposium in Spring, 2018 that will feature USM scholarly work related to aging.
Two surveys were sent out to the USM community in Spring, 2017 to survey faculty and staff interest in an aging initiative at the campus level and their academic or scholarly engagement in aging research. Over 160 people responded to the first survey. Of those, 146 faculty and staff, who represent 25 areas of expertise and skill sets, indicated interest in participating in a collaborative initiative. These respondents represent a variety of academic departments, including Arts, Biology, Education, Law, Music, Nursing, Psychology, Recreation Studies, and Social Work.
Since the initial dissemination of the survey, a USM Aging Initiative Steering Committee was formed by those interested parties. The Steering Committee has met four times and will continue to meet monthly on the third Tuesday from 1-2 pm in Wishcamper 427 on the USM Portland campus. For those who cannot attend meetings in person, we will be setting up a Zoom account to allow virtual attendance.
Steering Committee members include: