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Marylhurst Faculty Member Wins National Award

For Release: February 21, 2012

The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education has named Jennifer Sasser, chair of the Department of Human Sciences at Marylhurst University, a winner of its 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award. The award honors those whose teaching stands out as exemplary, innovative and impactful. Sasser will receive the award this week at the AGHE annual conference in Arlington, Virginia, and also provide a demonstration of her teaching to conference attendees.

Sasser is a nationally recognized authority on gerontology and the aging process. She recently co-authored "Aging Concepts and Controversies" with Harry (Rick) Moody of the American Association of Retired Persons. The textbook takes a critical thinking approach to the study of aging and later life, including addressing common stereotypes about aging. Sasser and Moody have been invited to facilitate three presentations at the AGHE conference on topics ranging from teaching gerontology to listening to the "voices of age."

Sasser has taught at Marylhurst for more than a decade, and was honored with university teaching awards in 2008 and 2010. She holds a Ph.D. in human development from Oregon State University, and is past president of the Oregon Gerontological Association.

About Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university 10 miles south of Portland, Ore., on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving adult learners. Founded in 1893, Oregon's oldest Catholic university serves more than 1,900 multigenerational students of all faiths and backgrounds. Marylhurst offers 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees and professional certificate programs on campus and online, all of which integrate the liberal arts with professional studies and prepare graduates to be ethical leaders who think critically and creatively.

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