SGS Awards

Gordon Streib Distinguished Academic Gerontologist Award

The Gordon F. Streib Distinguished Academic Gerontologist Award is named after a true pioneer of social gerontology who, over a six decade career in sociology and gerontology at Cornell University and the University of Florida, has made major and lasting contributions to both fields. In public recognition of his achievements, at the 2004 SGS Annual Meeting, Dr. Streib was presented with a special Board proclamation designating him a Distinguished Charter Member and the person for whom the Gordon F. Streib Distinguished Academic Gerontologist Award is named.

This award is given to SGS members in the academic milieu who have shown excellence in leadership within and contribution to professional organizations and organizations which serve older people, a strong record of scholarly publications, and significant teaching influence with students and/or training of service providers or educators.


General Criteria (Must be completed for all nominations)

  • Awardees for the Academic Gerontologist Award must be a member of SGS.
  • Awardees must have demonstrated evidence of significant service to SGS.
  • Awardees must have demonstrated evidence of significant contribution to the field of aging and the development of gerontology in the South.
  • A minimum of one letter of support must be provided.

Specific Criteria

  • Nominee must be affiliated with an academic institution, be involved in developing training in aging and/or have completed research that has contributed to the quality of life of older people.
  • Nominee must have shown leadership with and contribution to professional organizations and organizations which serve older people.
  • Nominee must show evidence of significant publications.
  • Nominee must show evidence of significant teaching influence with students and/or training of service providers or educators.

If the above criteria has been met and you have all necessary information and supporting documentation you can submit your nomination for this award by clicking on the button below and completing the nomination form.

Nominations for this award will open August 15, 2021, and close February 11, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST.
Awardees notified by March 31, 2022 (for purposes of arranging meeting attendance and guest invites)


Previous Award Winners

  • 2021 – Elisabeth Burgess
  • 2020 – Ishan Williams
  • 2020 – Stephen Marson
  • 2018 – Lucille Bearon
  • 2016 – Jennifer Craft Morgan
  • 2015 – Joseph E. Gaugler
  • 2014 - Candace Kemp
  • 2013 – Malcolm P. Cutchin
  • 2012 – Mary Altpeter
  • 2011 – Dena Shenk
  • 2010 – Dana Burr Bradley
  • 2009 – Frank J. Whittington
  • 2008 – Harry R. (Rick) Moody
  • 2007 – Constance Coogle
  • 2006 – Ed Rosenberg
  • 2005 – Dick Tucker
  • 2004 – Karen Roberto
  • 2003 – Victor Marshall
  • 2002 – Ed Folts
  • 2001 – Shirley Travis
  • 2000 – James (Jim) P. Mitchell
  • 1999 – Larry Mullins
  • 1998 – Leonard Poon
  • 1997 – Lorin Baumhover
  • 1997 – Graham Rowles
  • 1996 – Rosemary Blieszner
  • 1995 – Joan B. Wood
  • 1994 – Raymond Coward
  • 1993 – Charles F. Longino
  • 1991 – William J. McAuley
  • 1990 – Edward F. Ansello
  • 1989 – Erdman Palmore
  • 1988 – Vira R. Kivett
  • 1987 – Barbara P. Payne
  • 1985 – Gordon F. Streib