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Photo of Instructor - Sue WardHello, my name is Sue Ward.  I am a full-time faculty member at ARC and teach four of the required courses for the Gerontology Certificate and Degree.

My interest in Gerontology started when I was just 5 or 6 years old.  I always felt more comfortable as a child hanging out with all the elderly ladies on my block!  I loved what they taught me and their sense of being grounded. 

I worked my way through a continuum of interest first as a Critical Care Nurse, then to Public Health. In the process of administering and creating new programs for older adults, I discovered that there were not enough qualified people to work with the elderly.  I wanted to correct that problem and began teaching. 
My passion has been to credential Gerontologists and establish legal requirements for working in the field. Check out the new National Association for Professional Gerontologists at

I have been fortunate enough to help craft legislation, testify before Senate Committees with esteemed colleagues, work on the Board of Directors of an organization that established the first credentialing profess for Gerontologists ( NAPG), and have presented my research entitled "The Need For Gerontology Education" at Oxford University.

On a personal note, I live in the hills of the Sierras surrounded by trees and natural beauty.  I garden organically and try to live an earth-friendly life style (which my friends say is an oxymoron because I love technology!)  But wait, I say, can't technology save trees and reduce air pollution? Aren't we living gently on the earth by not driving to campus or using paper to print handouts and assignments?  That's the debate!! 


Sue Ward




Office Location:

Davies Hall Building in Room #303 (North-East side of building)

Office Hours:

Monday 9:30am - 4:00pm & Wednesday 9:30am-12:30pm
On Line: Tuesday 3-5pm / and by appointment