At the present time, there are nine Gerontology doctoral programs in the United States, and a number of other doctoral programs preparing gerontologists all around the world. The Gerontology Education Longitudinal Study (GELS) examines those training to become gerontologists, the programs and faculty members preparing these individuals, and the relationship between doctoral training in gerontology and changes to the broader field of gerontology.
GELS was initiated in 2006, with the first data collection beginning in January of 2007. The early stages of this longitudinal study have been focused on obtaining yearly surveys of students training to become gerontologists. Additional data about faculty, program, and changes to the discipline is collected and compiled. This study has the potential to identify key changes to the field of gerontology, and identify ways to improve the quality of gerontological education through the preparation of future gerontologists. We see this as a collaborative project among all of us who are interested in the future of gerontology as a discipline.