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J. Kevin Eckert
Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology
UMBC Presidential Research Professor, 2003-2006

Kevin Eckert is an exemplary researcher by any standard of measurement. His impressive publication record and success in obtaining research funding have made him a leader in the field of gerontology.

Eckert’s research has primarily focused on issues of caregiving and housing for the elderly. Currently, he is collaborating with researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine on a four-year project funded by the National Institute on Aging that examines the medical and functional outcomes for elderly people living in nursing homes and residential care settings. Eckert has authored or edited four books and almost fifty articles for refereed journals or books. Since coming to UMBC in 1987, his research projects have brought over $11 million in funding to the university. Eckert is also the co-director of UMBC’s gerontology doctoral program, one of only six such programs in the nation.

“Dr. Eckert’s work as a scholar, teacher and professional is clearly aligned with UMBC’s mission in the area of public policy, and his work enhances UMBC’s national reputation as a graduate research institution,” says Mary Stuart, chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Others in his field apparently agree, as Eckert has also been the recipient of several awards, including the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Collaboration, a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship and a Senior Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health’s National Research Service Award program.