Areas of Interest
Older Adult Literacy, Nutrition, Retirement, Ethnicity and Health, Critical Pedagogy, and Grief and Loss, Conscious Aging, and Aging and the Life Course
Ethical considerations when conducting ethnographic research in nursing home settings, sensitization to aging issues, critical pedagogy, the transformative function of writing in a nursing home, the life review process, the life course paradigm and its application to aging, quality of life and best practice in long-term care, conscious aging, undergraduate social work research education, and undergraduate social work writing for agency practice.
Elizabeth Oates Schuster
PhD - University of Michigan
Specialist in Aging, Institute of Gerontology - University of Michigan
MA - University of Michigan
BA - University of Michigan
$60,000-$85,000. 2001-present (annual award). Project Administrator, The Michigan Department of Community Health, The Alzheimer's Education and Research Grant.
$40,000. July, 2004-June, 2005. Project Co-Director, sponsored by United Methodist Retirement Communities, The Boulevard Temple-Eastern Michigan University Interdisciplinary Community-Based project.
$30,000. July, 2003-June, 2004. Project Co-Director, sponsored by United Methodist Retirement Communities, The Boulevard Temple-Eastern Michigan University Interdisciplinary Community-Based project.
Selected Professional Publications
Schuster, E. (Unpublished). Exploring the lives and times of African-American elders living in an urban long term care facility.
Schuster, E.; Francis-Connolly, E.; Alford-Trewn, P; & Brooks, J. (2003). The conceptualization and development of the course aging to infancy: A life course retrospective.Educational Gerontology, 29, 235-249.
Schuster, Elizabeth Oates (2001). Compelled to honor privacy: Reflections from researching in a nursing home. In A. L. Cole and J. G. Knowles (Eds.), Lives in Context. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.
Schuster, Elizabeth Oates (2001). The contemplative context of time. In S. McFadden and R. Atchley (Eds.), Aging and the Meaning of Time. New York: Springer Publishing Company.
Schuster, Elizabeth Oates (1999).Applying critical literacy theory to the experience of a nursing home writing group. In A. Horning and R. Sudol (Eds.), The Literacy Connection. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
Schuster, Elizabeth Oates (1998). A Community bound by words: Reflections on a nursing home writing group. In a special invited section titled, Critical Perspectives on the Life Story, Ruth Ray (Ed.). Journal of Aging Studies, 12, 34-45.
Schuster, Elizabeth Oates (1997). Sensitization to the issues of aging (Chapter 2). In the module Establishing a Frame of Reference for Home Health Care Practice. In Preparing for Competency in Home Health Care Practice: A Self-Paced Study for Home Health Care Practitioners. Bethesda, MD: The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
Schuster, Elizabeth Oates (Summer, 1997). Putting the focus on being rather than doing. In The View From Academe, Aging in Michigan. Lansing, MI: The Michigan Office of Services to the Aging.
Schuster, Elizabeth Oates (1996). Ethical considerations when conducting ethnographic research in a nursing home setting. Journal of Aging Studies, 10, 140-153.
Schuster, Elizabeth Oates & Grabinski, C. Joanne (1995). Critical methodology: Re-thinking the "how" of gerontology education. Exchange: The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Newsletter, 19, (2).
During her career, Dr. Schuster has been involved in the following practice experiences: senior center program development; facilitation of educational community based workshops on various topics such as health, aging and memory; development of an adult day care center; conducting needs assessment survey research; coordination of social service programs for elders and their families; and developing and implementing two award winning intergenerational and community-based programs: The Traveling Young at Art Program and ElderQuest. Specific practice experiences include:
Coordinator, Older Adult Programs for Washtenaw County, The Salvation Army, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
- Program Developer, Senior Services Office, City of Wayne, Department of Parks and Recreation, Wayne, Michigan.
- Designer and Manager, The Washtenaw County Elderly Needs Assessment Survey, The LeVine Institute on Aging, The Jewish Home for the Aged, Detroit, Michigan.
- Designer and Facilitator of Educational Gerontology Workshops on Facts and Fiction About Memory, As Parents Grow Older, New Beginnings (a bereavement support group), Health and Aging, for the UAW-Ford, Area Agencies on Aging, and other organizations.
- Research Assistant, Needs of the Elderly Study, School of Public Health, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Honors, Recognition, Special Awards
2009 Eastern Michigan University College of Health and Human Services Everett L. Marshall Fellow Award for Excellence in Teaching
2007 Eastern Michigan UniversityCollege of Health and Human Services sponsored
Scholarly Activity Award
2007 Eastern Michigan University Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow
2004 Eastern Michigan University Faculty Research Fellowship Award
2001 Eastern Michigan University Office of Academic Service Learning Fellow
1997 Eastern Michigan University Sabbatical Leave Award
1997 Older Learner Award for Credit/Non-Credit Programs, The Michigan Office of Services to the Aging and The Michigan Association of Senior Centers, on behalf of Elderwise, an Institute for Learning in Retirement
1993 The Eastern Michigan University Faculty Research Fellowship Award
1993 The Geri Award, Presented by the Senior Coordinating Aging Networks in Macomb and Oakland Counties, Michigan.
2009 to present, Gerontology Program, Director
2008 to present, School of Social Work Honors Advisor
2005 - 2008 Co-Founder and Director, ElderQuest Program
1991-2006 Founder and Faculty Liaison, Elderwise, an Institute for Lifelong Learning
1991-2001 Founder, Traveling Young at Art Program, an intergenerational art program in Ypsilanti and Willow Run Schools
1987-1990 Co-Project Manager, Geriatric Education Center of Michigan (GECM), Eastern Michigan University and Michigan State University
1986-2005 Director, Gerontology Program, School of Social Work