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June 21, 2019

Gayle Doll receives Distinguished Faculty Award from Gerontological Society of America

Submitted by College of Health and Human Sciences

Gayle Doll

Gayle Doll, associate professor and director of the Center on Aging, has been awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Gerontological Society of America, the country's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging.

The Distinguished Faculty Award recognizes a person whose teaching stands out as exemplary, innovative, of impact, or any combination thereof. Nominated by peers, the recipient’s achievements serve as milestones in the history and development of gerontology.

Doll joined the Center on Aging in 1998 as a graduate assistant and made her way through the ranks, being named director in 2008. Under her leadership, the center has increased funding and grown in both personnel and program offerings. She has increased her staff from three to 12, including the addition of a tenure-track assistant professor, a postdoc and multiple instructors. Students have seen an increase in course offerings through the center and the community has benefited through Doll's initiative to bring center staff into the community through programs, workshops and a satellite office in a Manhattan retirement community.

She has received numerous awards for her teaching, including the College of Health and Human Sciences' Myers-Alford Outstanding Teaching Award, the Commerce Bank Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching and the Dayton Rothrock Award for Exceptional Teaching from McPherson College.

"Dr. Doll is an outstanding faculty member in the College of Health and Human Sciences," said John Buckwalter, dean of the college. "This award is well deserved. We are lucky to have her as the director of the Center on Aging here at K-State."

Doll will be recognized, along with 11 other award winners, at the society's 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting November 13-17 in Austin, Texas. For a full list of award winners, visit the society's website.

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