Three-part AGESW virtual forum series in July and August 2020
Please join fellow AGESW members, guests, and members of the board in our upcoming virtual forum series! Please email Tam Perry, host of this series at AGESW president, with any questions, at

  1. Caregiving in the Black Community. Facilitated by Dr. Robert Turner of George Washington University. Wednesday, July 15 at 1pm ET / 10am PT.
    Join via Zoom or dialing in at (312) 626-6799, code 247297.
  2. Nursing Home Social Work and COVID-19. Facilitated by Dr. Mercedes Bern-Klug of the University of Iowa and Dr. Nancy Kusmaul of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Tuesday, July 21 at 1 pm ET / 10am PT.
    Join via Zoom or dialing in at (312) 626-6799, code 418507.
  3. Loneliness and Social Isolation Among Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic: How Can We Provide Support? Facilitated by Dr. Marla Berg-Weger of Saint Louis University. Tuesday, August 18 at 1 pm ET / 10am PT.
    Join via Zoom or dialing in at (312) 626-6799, code 395114.

Calls for papers and book, media, and resources reviews related to COVID-19 and social justice
The Journal of Gerontological Social Work, the journal of AGESW, is seeking submissions for two special sections:

  1. Developing a social and economic justice agenda for gerontological social work that reduces discrimination and disparities related to racial, ethnic, immigrant, and indigenous status (Now through October 31, 2020)
    AGESW announces a special section of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work (JGSW) focused on dismantling institutional racism with specific consideration of issues of aging and social work with older adults and their families. The aim of this issue is to provide space for voices from practice, research, and policy to discuss where the field of gerontological social work currently is, and where it needs to go, in order to actively engage with and reduce negative experiences and outcomes based on skin color, country of origin, and history of colonialism. Authors are encouraged to go beyond discussion to focus on action. We request authors to identify at least one element for a social and economic justice agenda in their submission. Example areas for submission include criminal justice reform, civic disenfranchisement, health disparities, housing bias, social exclusion, intersectionality, income, and asset inequality, among other areas. Manuscripts may be submitted as letters to the editor, commentaries, brief reports, research manuscripts, conceptual or theoretical analysis, policy analysis, or knowledge translation study/activity. AGESW will select a paper from this issue for the AGESW Social Justice Award and a prize of $500. We encourage prospective authors to contact the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Michelle Putnam at or the Managing Editor, Dr. Huei-Wern Shen, at if they have any questions about this call. The due date for submissions for this special section is October 31, 2020.
  2. Call for book, media, and resource reviews on items for gerontological social work education and discrimination and disparities related to racial, ethnic, immigrant, and indigenous status
    The Journal of Gerontological Social Work (JGSW) is curating a resource guide of materials for use in teaching about discrimination and disparities related to racial, ethnic, immigrant, and indigenous status and older adults. JGSW invites the submission of book, media, and resource reviews of materials ranging from mass-market books and films to educational texts and documentaries to online materials, apps, other teaching tools and materials. Authors should follow the general guidelines for all submitted manuscripts, including use of APA formatting, double-spaced pages, and 12-point font. Reviews should be 3-5 pages in length and include references as needed. The review should contain a 1-2 paragraph summary of the book/film/media item that provides readers a brief understanding of the item. Authors should then describe what it is they like about the resource, what the main messages are, what it taught them, and how the item can be used for instructional purposes (in class, for professional development, etc.). If you are interested in submitting a review please email the Section Editor, Dr. Nancy Kusmaul, at  with a short statement about the resource you propose to review to confirm its appropriateness for JGSW and to avoid duplication of efforts. The email should contain the item name, format, your name, and a brief summary of the content of the item. The due date for submissions for this special section is October 31, 2020.

JGSW call for papers: COVID-19, older adults, and professional practice 
The Journal of Gerontological Social Work (JGSW) is seeking papers related to the corona virus and COVID-19 and social work, applied social service and health professions practice. We seek research, policy analysis and commentaries that contribute to understanding the issues and addressing the needs of older adults and their families. To the extent possible, we will expedite the review process. We will move manuscripts to e-publication as soon as they are accepted; we will compile a complete issue when we have enough papers to do so. Currently Taylor & Francis is offering free access for anyone to COVID-19 peer-reviewed research. At JGSW we understand that many scholars are working remotely and under constrained conditions and appreciate the difficulty of these circumstances. This call for papers is open now with an end date of December 1, 2020. Please submit your paper at any time. Select this special issue from the drop-down menu when you submit your manuscript. If you have questions, please contact our Managing Editor, Dr. Huei-Wern Shen at or our Editor in Chief, Dr. Michelle Putnam at

Letter from AGESW President Tam Perry on the COVID-19 Outbreak
AGESW president, Tam Perry, has issued a statement on the COVID-19 outbreak and key considerations for gerontological social work.

Pre-Dissertation Initiative announcement
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting uncertainty regarding travel and institutional financial support, the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW) will not be selecting a 2020 AGESW Pre-Dissertation Fellows cohort. We plan to resume the program for the 2021-2022 academic year and will extend eligibility to include first and second year social work doctoral students. For the upcoming year, we will plan to offer a series of free webinars to all social work doctoral students. (You do not need to be a member of AGESW to participate.) Our first was a Student Night webinar on May 7th. We will keep you updated when new webinars are scheduled.