Research also suggests that students tend to rate female faculty members lower than male faculty members during evaluations.
She said she believes ageism is something that deters students from majoring or minoring in aging studies.
“There’s, I guess I have to call it an ‘ick factor,’” Erickson said.
Age On Stage, an intergenerational project founded by Ithaca College associate professor Elizabeth Bergman, brings students and older adults together through plays written by Titus Towers resident, Jim Tyler.
The third of four finalists for the position of dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences came to Ithaca College on Dec. 8 to do interviews and meet with administrators, faculty, staff and students. Heather Lobban-Viravong, associate dean and associate professor of English at Grinnell College, interviewed to replace Leslie Lewis.
Elizabeth Bergman, associate professor of gerontology at Ithaca College, has been elected to become an executive committee member of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.