College of Public Health students graduating

GRN 616

Course Information

Credit Hours: 2
Department: Gerontology

Teaching Seminar in Gerontology

The purpose of this seminar is to prepare doctoral students as classroom instructors, and to enhance instructional skills of those students with teaching experience. Emphasis is placed on developing the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to survive and excel in the classroom. Topics covered include: course development strategies; lecture preparation and delivery; interactive and group learning; writing for learning; student evaluation; student advising; and instructional ethics and responsibilities. Seminar activities include development of instructional materials, thematic discussion, and demonstrations/simulations of classroom experiences. Prereq: GRN 600 and GRN 620, or consent of instructor. 

John F. Watkins

Department: Gerontology

Title: Director of Graduate Students, Professor

Email Address:

Phone: 859-218-0240

Location: 1080 Export Street, Suite 280

CV: VITA 10-14-JFW.pdf

John F. Watkins is a Professor and Director, Graduate Studies Graduate Center for Gerontology. The embryonic John Watkins began in the “Great Snow” of 1956. Nine months later he was born and began his journey toward being on the faculty of the Graduate Center for Gerontology and the Department of Health Behavior. Along the way he completed the requisite degrees (BS, MA, and Ph.D. the latter two from University of Colorado-Boulder) and joined the University of Kentucky when in his upper-twenties. Trained as a mathematical demographer, but armed with ethnographic skills associated with life history narratives, he applies his craft in studies of the demographic processes of population aging and the aged, population growth and redistributional impacts, and life course influences on later life health behaviors and notions of home. John is past president of the Population Specialty Group and Aging Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers, serves on the senior advisory panel of the National Science Foundation, is a Fellow of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and has received numerous departmental, college, university, and national awards for his attempts at teaching and advising.