U Social Work Professor Receives National Award for Leadership in Aging Education Scholarship

Dr. Marilyn Luptak, recipient of the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work 2015 Leadership Award. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: 

Marilyn Luptak, an associate professor at the University of Utah College of Social Work who grew up near Manning, ND, has been selected to receive the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work’s 2015 Leadership Award. Dr. Luptak and her husband, Duane Luptak (who is also faculty at the University of Utah College of Social Work), graduated from Killdeer High School in 1974, and married in the city two years later. 

“Dr. Luptak has distinguished herself as a dedicated and rigorous researcher, a passionate and inspiring instructor and a respectful and respected colleague,” said Hank Liese, dean of the University of Utah College of Social Work. “She has been recognized for over two decades as a promising and talented scholar who embraces every opportunity with dedication, skill and generosity.”

Troy Andersen, executive director of the W.D. Goodwill Initiatives on Aging at the U’s College of Social Work, nominated Luptak for the honor. “This award acknowledges not only her tremendous scholarly contribution to the field,” said Andersen, “but also her leadership and mentoring of social work students, including me! Dr. Luptak helps our students develop a genuine love and passion for helping the older adults in our local, national and global communities.”

AGESW will formally present Luptak with the award in November during the Gerontological Society of America’s 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Florida.


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