Tina Newsham, Ph.D., Professor & Program Coordinator

Tina NewshamTina Newsham completed her Ph.D. in Gerontology at the University of Kentucky in 2011. She is a professor of gerontology and the gerontology program director at UNCW. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses including Society and Aging, Health Promotion and Aging, Family Relationships, Personal Health and Wellness, Health Biostatistics, and Research Methods and frequently employs community-engaged pedagogies in her teaching. She developed a short-term, faculty-led study abroad course, Cross-Cultural Comparison of Long-Term Care, which she taught in Finland in May 2014 to facilitate students’ understanding of the variety of aging experiences and the global implications of aging.  

Along with her teaching, Dr. Newsham is active in several research projects, often integrating arts and creativity into her efforts. Her work includes several community-based research projects related to lifelong health and well-being, primarily in low-resource areas, and she has won multiple state and national awards for her community-engaged work. She has been a member of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) since 2007 and has been active in committee work with GSA and its educational arm, the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), for many years. Dr. Newsham serves on the editorial board of Gerontology & Geriatrics Education and as an associate editor for the AGHExchange. Dr. Newsham is passionate about promoting health and well-being for all and views access to resources and appropriate use of finite resources as a human rights issue.