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Dr. Priscilla J. Kimboko is Professor of Gerontology and Healthcare Management.
256C DeVos Center
Professor Kimboko teaches grant writing, aging in society, long-term care, and the capstone management seminar. She founded the Annual Art & Science of Aging conference at GVSU, which features professional and personal development workshops around aging issues.
Professor Kimboko's research appears in the Journal of Activities, Adaptation and Aging, Journal of Aging and Human Development, Journal of Gerontological Social Work, and Social Work. She is co-author of the book Helping Networks and Human Services. She serves on local advisory boards for the Grand Rapids Community College Gerontology Program, the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, and the Senior Odyssey Michigan program. She has been an active consultant and participant in the Creating Community for a Lifetime and the Encore/Coming of Age projects led by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. One of her major publications was a book: Helping Networks in Human Services, that emerged from a federally funded research grant program.
Prior to joining the SPNHA faculty, she served as Grand Valleys first Dean of Graduate Studies and Grants Administration. She held a full-time faculty position in the Gerontology Program at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses on aging and management practices related to the aging network. She served in an administrative position as Associate Dean for Graduate Education at UNC for 10-years. She has also worked in urban planning for Multnomah County (OR), at the Portland State University Regional Research Institute for Human Services, and at the University of Denver (DU) Graduate School of Social Work.
Professor Kimboko holds a Ph.D. in urban studies and a B.S. in anthropology from Portland State University (Oregon).
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