Professor Edward Miller Recognized with the 2021 GPD Award for Outstanding Student Mentorship

Edward Alan MillerEditors note: This story was originally produced by the McCormack Graduate School and appeared on the UMass Boston News web pages.

The study of aging and the practice of mentorship have many things in common – perhaps none more pronounced than how each pursuit emphasizes the personal journeys and the interpersonal relationships we forge and foster along the way. At the McCormack Graduate School, our collective commitment to public service, reflected in interdisciplinary education and cutting-edge research, is a shared endeavor to understand and remedy some of the most crucial social, political, economic, and environmental issues of our time.

To age is to grow together. For Eddie Miller, professor and chair, Department of Gerontology, previously the graduate program director (GDP) of the PhD Program in Gerontology for 8 years, that has meant playing a role in shaping many milestones and meaningful moments with students throughout his career. Miller’s approach to teaching and mentorship was celebrated when he was selected to receive the 2021 GPD Award for Outstanding Student Mentorship, one of the four awards presented by the Dean’s Office Student Success (DOSS) during the recent End of Year Celebration and Award Ceremony – a well-deserved recognition of the role he plays in supporting students and their successes. Continue reading

Journal Special Edition Continues Examination of COVID-19 Impact on Older Adults, Caregivers

Edward Alan Miller

Edward Alan Miller

The devastating impact of COVID-19 on older adults is hardly news now, but researchers around the world continue to provide new insights and perspective on the deadly pandemic.

A new special double edition of the Journal of Aging & Social Policy contains 17 articles highlighting some of that work. Contributions to the issue, “The COVID-19 Pandemic and Older Adults: Experiences, Impacts and Innovations,” include seven articles reporting on original empirical research as well as 10 more offering commentary and perspective regarding the impact on older adults.

“We need to fully understand the myriad of ways in which COVID-19 affected older adults, their families, communities and caregivers,” said Edward Alan Miller, the editor of JASP and chair of the Gerontology Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

“The articles in this special edition provide important information and perspective – from across the country and around the world — that can help us draw lessons for aging policy and practice going forward,” said Miller. Continue reading

New School Year, New Leadership at UMass Boston Gerontology Program

Gerontology students at the University of Massachusetts Boston are returning to school, greeted by some familiar faces in new leadership roles.

Professor Edward Alan Miller is the new chair of the UMass Boston Gerontology Department, succeeding professor Jeffrey Burr. Professor Jan Mutchler has become the new director of the Gerontology Institute, taking over for the retiring Len Fishman.

Professor Kathrin Boerner is the new Graduate Program Director for the PhD Program in Gerontology and the MS in Gerontology Research/Policy, a position Miller had held for eight years.

Edward Alan Miller

Edward Alan Miller

Miller is beginning his role as department chair by welcoming about 50 PhD students and more than 100 master’s and certificate students in the Management of Aging Services program to a new school year. Six new PhD students in the program come to UMass Boston from Ghana, Kenya, China, South Korea, California and New Hampshire.

“I’m honored that my colleagues chose me as the new chair of the Gerontology Department,” said Miller. “I’m excited by the opportunity to further elevate UMass Boston as a leading institution addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by an aging population.” Continue reading

Journal Special Edition Dedicated to COVID-19 and Older Adults: Lessons From the Pandemic

Edward Alan Miller

Editor-in-chief Edward Alan Miller

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on older adults around the world has been nothing short of breathtaking. Like any sudden crisis, it begs a few common questions: What actually happened and how did we respond? What lessons should we take from that experience? And, most importantly, what do we do now?

In a special double-issue of the Journal of Aging and Social Policy, dedicated to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, leading gerontology researchers tackle those questions from a wide range of perspectives. The issue, Older Adults and COVID-19: Implications for Aging Policy and Practice, offers 28 scholarly articles available online free of charge.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated populations and economies globally but older adults have been particularly hard hit, due both to direct exposure to the virus itself and to the adverse consequences of efforts taken to mitigate its effects,” said Edward Alan Miller, a University of Massachusetts Boston gerontology professor and JASP’s editor-in-chief. Continue reading