Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in Long-Term Care and Aging
The original goal of the endowed Minnesota Long-Term Care Chair in Aging, now called the Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in Long-Term Care in Aging (hereafter referred to as Chair or LTC Chair for brevity) was to establish long-term care as an academic discipline. The Chair was to “attract other outstanding faculty colleagues, bright graduate and undergraduate students, and federal and private research dollars” (Hicks, 1987; personal communication). Dr. Robert L. Kane (the original holder of the Chair from 1990-2017) was internationally recognized as a scientist, geriatrician, and educator of long-term care. As Gayle Kvenold, the CEO of LeadingAge Minnesota, noted in her obituary of Dr. Kane: “It is impossible to capture in just a few sentences Dr. Kane’s inestimable impact on long term care policy and practice in the United States, and abroad and right here in our own backyard” (Gvenvold, 2017).
The mission of the current Chair (Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD) is to advance scientific excellence in long-term care and aging to shape the practice, policy, and pedagogy of these critical areas of focus. Perhaps the core objective of the LTC Chair is to invest in people to expand the University of Minnesota’s capacity in aging scholarship, education, practice, and community engagement.
The LTC Chair is currently supporting the following initiatives (scroll to the bottom of the page for more information):
- A scholarship to support University of Minnesota graduate students in professional degree programs who are committed to working in long-term care (The Robert L. Kane Scholarship of Excellence in Long-Term Care);
- Two-year post-doctoral fellowships in aging, dementia, and long-term care (The Robert L. Kane Postdoctoral Fellowship);
- A one-year appointment to support a faculty member’s research and scholarship in aging (The Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies);
- An annual lecture featuring distinguished scholars in long-term care and aging science (The Robert L. Kane Memorial Lecture);
- An annual community education conference that provides information, support, and education for adult children, spouses, parents, health and community care providers, and others concerned with caring for persons with memory loss (The Caring for a Person with Memory Loss Conference)