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University of Central Oklahoma
gbertram@uco.edu (405) 974-5361 Human Environmental Sciences HES 201C , Box 118

Education and Certifications

Academic Background

Doctor of Philosophy 
Human Development and Family Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK - 2005

  • Emphasis Area: Gerontology
  • Dissertation Title: Divorced Grandparents’ Perceptions of the Nature of their Relationship with Grandchildren

Master of Science
Professional Services in Home Economics, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK - 1983

  • Emphasis Area: Human Development

Bachelor of Science Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK - 1978

  • Emphasis Area: Vocational Home Economics Education


Certification Areas

  • Certified Family Life Educator
  • National Council on Family Relations
  • Certified Child and Parenting Specialist
  • Oklahoma Family Resource Coalition
  • Family and Divorce Mediation
  • Eden Alternative Associate

Experience

August 2005 – Present

Professor, Department of Human Environmental Sciences, College of Educational and Professional Studies, University of Central Oklahoma
Curriculum Coordinator for Marriage and Family and Gerontology
Courses taught include: Marriage, Aging and Adult Development, Policies and Programs of Older Adults, Social Gerontology Today/ Field Study, Grandparent-Grandchild Relationships, Internship Coordinator (graduate course), and Family Dynamics and Sexuality (graduate course).                                  

June 1983 – July 2005

Adjunct Instructor of Family and Child Development, College of Education & Professional Studies, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK
 Courses taught include: Child Development, Marriage, Critical Issues, Parent Education, Grandparent-Grandchild Relationships, Infancy, Middle Childhood, and Adolescence.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) - 2000-19
  • NCFR Honors Student Recognition Program reviewer - 2018-19
  • Served on the review committee for Family Life Education - 2008-19
    Section for Conference Proposals
  • Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) - 2009-19
    Served on the Intergenerational Research
    Committee and Public Policies Committee
  • Gerontology Society of America (GSA) - 2018-19
    College representative         
  • Oklahoma Council on Family Relations (OCFR)
    Treasurer - 2019
    Membership Chair - 2018
  • Served on board in a variety of capacities from - 2000-19
    President, Conference chair, Member-at-Large, secretary.
  • Oklahoma Family Resource Coalition - 1999-18
  • Co-Sponsor of the University of Central Oklahoma - 2003-19
    Campus Council on Family Relations (Student Professional
    Organization)
  • Oklahoma State University Oklahoma County - 2003-19
    Advisory Board Member
  • Oklahoma Caregiver Coalition (OCC) partner - 2019
    Subcommittee: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren                               
  • Epworth Villa Continuing Care Retirement Facility - 2010-16
    Board of Directors

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

  • Bertram, A.G. & Sears, K. (2019, April) Learning Together: College Students’ Experiences with Older Adults Beyond the Classroom, Roundtable presented at the Oklahoma Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • Bertram, G. Sears, K., Holmes, T., Burr, B. & Atkins, L. (2019, March) Learning Together: College Students and Older Adults Beyond the Classroom. Transformative Learning Conference, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Bertram, A.G., Burr, B, Atkins, L. & Sears, K. (2018, November). Reflections of Play: Is Play Important Through the Lifespan, National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Sears, K., Burr, B., Bertram, A. G., & McGinnis, A. (2018). You may be what they were then: A look at your family through the use of a genogram. Teaching exchange roundtable presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations, San Diego, CA.
  • Askins, J., Bertram, A. G., Burr, B., Sears, K., Kilhoffer, D., & Solomon, D.  (2018). Fostering continued growth in affiliates. Roundtable presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations, San Diego, CA.
  • Kern, B., Sears, K., Burr, B., & Bertram, A. G. (2018). Affiliates learning and sharing together. Roundtable presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations, San Diego, CA.
  • Bertram, A. G., (2018, April), Public policy in action: Pairing students with older adults, Oklahoma Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • Sears, K., Bertram, A.G., Burr, B., and Atkins, L., (2018, April) Investigating play memories of older adults, Oklahoma Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • Roach, K., & Bertram, A. G., (2018, April) Generations learning together, National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Edmond, OK.
  • Bertram, A. G., & Sears, K., (2018, March) Transformative Learning in public policy: Older adults and students learning together. Association on Gerontology for Higher Education Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Bertram, A. G., Burr, B. K., Sears, K., Atkins, L., Holmes, T., & Powers, M. (2017, Nov.). Generations learning together: Lessons from implementing a multigenerational center. Resource exchange presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Orlando, FL.
  • Bertram, A.G., (2017, April), Generations learning together, UCO Gerontology Seminar (local).
  • Bertram, A. G., (2017, March), Transformative learning in public policy: Pairing students with older adults, Transformative Learning Conference, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • Bertram, A.G., Burr, B., Sears, K., Atkins, L., Powers, M., & Kambour, T., (2016, April), Generations learning together: Pilot study for creating an intergenerational center, Annual conference of the Oklahoma Council on Family Relations, State, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • Bertram, A. G., Sears, K., Powers, M., Clear, S., & Kennedy, E., (2016, March), Generations learning together: An intergenerational program, Annual Meeting & Educational Conference of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, National, Long Beach, CA.
  • Burr, B.K., Atkins, L., Bertram, A.G., Sears, K., & McGinnis, A.N. (2019, June) “If you stop playing you get old”: Investigating reflections of play in older adults. Educational Gerontology.
  • Bertram, A.G. & Atkins, L. (2019, Winter) Generations Learning Together. Play Review, 45, (1), p. 20-23.
  • Bertram, A.G., Burr, B., Sears, K., Powers, M., Atkins, L., Holmes, T., Kambour, T., & Kuns, B., (2018). Generations learning together: Pilot study for a multigenerational program. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 16, 3.
  • Bertram, A.G., Burr, B.K., Atkins, L., Sears, K., & McGinnis, A.N., (2018) Importance of play for a lifetime. NCFR Report. Summer, 2018, 62.
  • Bertram, A. G. & Burr, B. K. (2017). “Field-based learning in Family Life Education: Facilitating high-impact experiences in undergraduate Family Science programs” (book chapter), Field-based learning in Family Life Education: Facilitating high-impact experiences in undergraduate Family Science programs. Palgrave Macmillan, Springer Nature, Switzerland.
  • Bertram, A.G., Sears, K., Burr, B.K., Fuller, J., & Green, K. (2016). Building communities: College preparation education for grandparents raising grandchildren, Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 14, 17-26.
  • Burr, B.K., Kuns, J.B., Bertram, A.G., & Cottle, N.R. (2016). Incorporating relationship education into a college class on marriage. Family Science Review, 21, 23-41.

Honors and Awards

  • Crews Endowed Professorship - 2019
  • College of Education and Professional Studies - 2019
    Senior Faculty Award for Professional Contributions                                        
  • Faculty Merit Credit Award for Service Learning - 2018
  • Nominated for Modeling the Way Award - 2018
  • Service Learning Scholar Training/Mini Grant Recipient - 2018
  • Advisor of the Year, Campus Leadership Awards - 2016

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