Maria Henke is the Senior Associate Dean of the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, the oldest and largest school of gerontology in the world.
Since joining the USC Leonard Davis School in 1987, Maria has authored or co-authored several scholarly articles on gerontology education, focusing on distance learning gerontology program research and development and tailoring programs for the educational needs of working professionals. She has been invited to present at several conferences on the topics of innovation in gerontology education and falls prevention and home modification programs.
Maria has also been responsible for developing more than 15 gerontology education and training programs at the USC Leonard Davis School. These include the Master of Arts in Gerontology, the first online program to be accredited in the western U.S.; the Master of Long Term Care Administration, a groundbreaking tri-departmental online program; and the Master of Aging Services Management.
In addition to her work with the USC Leonard Davis School, Maria served as a part-time faculty member in gerontology from 2004 to 2006 at California State University, Fullerton, where she taught program evaluation and proposal writing.
Maria has been the recipient of several awards, including the 2006 Cal State Fullerton Human Services Department Outstanding Faculty Award and the 2002 USC Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center Staff Member of the Year award.