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The Gerontology program is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary program sponsored by the colleges of Health and Human Sciences and Liberal Arts and Sciences at UNC Charlotte.  Currently we offer a minor, a Graduate Certificate and a Master program in Gerontology.    

Graduates of the program work in a range of positions at the national, state and regional level in long term care, home care, adult day care, and senior centers.  Program alumni hold positions that include: Executive Director, Ombudsman, SW, counsellor, senior center directors and program managers, marketing, and activity directors. They work for the Gerontological Society of America, North Carolina Division on Aging, Area Agency on Aging and a range of other programs and agencies. Several have earned doctoral degrees in Gerontology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Medicine and Theology.

Dr. Julian Montoro-Rodriguez is the new Director of the Gerontology Program.  Dr. Dena Shenk is the Graduate Director and Dr. Cynthia Hancock is the Undergraduate Coordinator and Service Learning Coordinator.  The program is supported by 29 affiliate and 8 core faculty across the university.  They have expertise in broad range of aging related topics and have published in a range of areas and topics.

Our faculty and students are actively involved in research and community projects to better understand the lifecourse and aging and to improve the experience of aging in our community and globally.

Please refer to the relevant sections of our website and then feel free to contact us.

Dr. Julian Montoro-Rodriguez



Volume 4, Winter 2014

Volume.3. Issue 1 - Fall 2012

Volume.2. Issue 2 - Spring 2012

Volume. 2, Issue 1 - Fall 2011

Volume. 1, Issue 1 - Winter 2011



Administrative Assistant

Janet Baker
CHHS 495
Phone: 704-687-7931
Fax:  704-687-1658

Graduate Director

Dr. Dena Shenk
Barnard 222 (in Suite 225)
Phone: 704-687-5091

Undergraduate and Service Learning Coordinator

Dr. Cynthia Hancock
Fretwell 460F
(Department of Sociology)
Phone: 704-687-7807

Program Director

Dr. Julian Montoro Rodriguez
(Department of Social Work)
Phone: 704-687-6166