Career Conversations

Career Conversations is a virtual forum to exchange ideas about issues and strategies to build a successful career in gerontology. Through semi-structured interviews, panels, and discussions, Career Conversations brings together students, early- and mid-career gerontologists, and experienced researchers and leaders in gerontology. Throughout the year, a variety of topics will be covered.

How to Register for a GSA Career Conversation

  • Click the white “Login” button on the top right corner of the page.
  • Enter your GSA username and password.*
    • If you have forgotten your password, select “Forgot your password.”
    • If you do not have an account with GSA, you may create one.
  • Once logged in, click the white “My Account” button on the top right corner of the page.
  • Click “My GSA Dashboard” and then “Register for an Event” to begin the registration process.

*If you have previously been active with The Gerontological Society of America, you should have an existing account. If unsure, click “Forgot your password” to see if your e-mail address is in the system.

Upcoming Career Conversations

Moving into Academic Leadership Roles

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
1 to 2 p.m. ET
See registration instructions above
Free to members. $25 for non-members.

If you have considered leveraging your skills and experience as a gerontologist into a leadership role in academia, join us for our next Career Conversation. During this session, three GSA members at different points in their leadership journeys will discuss their career paths and share their experiences and perspectives on how to transition into leadership positions. Time will be included for questions from participants. This session is intended for GSA members at all career levels.

Presented by:

  • Tracey Gendron, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Gerontology, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Nancy P. Kropf, PhD, FGSA, Dean of Perimeter College and Professor in the School of Social Work, Georgia State University
  • Keith E. Whitfield, PhD, FGSA, President and Professor of Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

This program is sponsored by the GSA Mentoring Consultancies Workgroup.

Career Conversations Archive

Mentorship: Developing Reciprocal and Productive Relationships

March 29, 2021

What are the secrets to a positive mentoring relationship? Why are some relationships productive and thrive, while others fizzle? Gain insights and tips from GSA mentoring award recipients and experienced mentees who will share their experiences and perspectives on how to develop mutually beneficial mentoring relationships. This session is intended for GSA members at all career levels.

Presented by:

  • Kalisha Bonds Johnson, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University, ESPO Vice Chair-Elect
  • Marilyn Gugliucci, PhD, FAGHE, FGSA, Professor and Director, Geriatrics Research, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2012 Recipient of the AGHE Hiram J. Friedsam Mentorship Award
  • Darina Petrovsky, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, ESPO Chair
  • Roland Thorpe, PhD, FGSA, Department of Health, Behavior, and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2020 Recipient of the GSA Minority Issues in Gerontology Advisory Panel Mentorship Award

This program is co-sponsored by the GSA Mentoring Consultancies Workgroup and ESPO.


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