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K-State Today

June 5, 2018

Kaup named Gerontological Society of America fellow

Submitted by College of Human Ecology

Migette Kaup

Migette Kaup, professor of interior design and gerontology, was named a Gerontological Society of America fellow. The society is the world's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education and practice in the field of aging.

In the organization, a fellowship is the highest class of membership and is an acknowledgement of the outstanding and continuing work done by the person in the field of gerontology.

Kaup was nominated by Gayle Doll, director of K-State's Center on Aging.

"No one is more passionate about improving the quality of life by analyzing and problem-solving the environments in which they live than Migette," Doll said. "Through countless hours of teaching, education and service, she has embodied the spirit of the fellows of the Gerontological Society of America. She will now be an even greater asset to the organization."

Kaup is the interior design program coordinator at K-State. She earned her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Her educational background also includes a Bachelor of Science in interior design, and a Master of Architecture in environment and behavior and place studies with an emphasis in gerontology from K-State. She has National Council of Interior Design Qualification and Evidence-Based Design Certification, and her professional design practice includes more than nine years in architectural firms as well as seven years in private consulting to long-term care providers and design professionals.

In addition to teaching in the interior design program, Kaup is a member of the gerontology faculty through the K-State Center on Aging. Her current work at K-State involves research in the areas of environments and aging, specifically skilled care settings. Her scholarship on the role and impact of design in long-term care settings has been published in both books and journals.