2017 Educator of the Year
Dr. Kate de Medeiros
Associate Professor of Gerontology
Dr. Kate de Medeiros is currently an associate professor of gerontology, Chief Departmental Advisor for gerontology, and Chair of the Undergraduate Research Committee at Miami University. Prior to joining the faculty at Miami in 2011, she was Director of Research at the Copper Ridge Institute in Sykesville, Maryland, and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.
Dr. de Medeiros currently teaches a range of classes, from a first-year research experience for undergraduates to a doctoral-level course on advanced theory and the construction of knowledge in gerontology. As an educator, she strives to open students’ minds to think about old age and later life as a critical site of knowledge that is shaped by historical, cultural and social components. She incorporates assignments designed to provide students with opportunities to apply what they are learning to situations relevant to themselves. For example, students might be asked to consider how an aging world might affect their chosen career path, how a particular theory might apply to their own research, or even what they envision for their own aging. Whenever possible, she also includes community engagement as part of the education process.