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Mitchell, Jim Director of Center for Diversity and Inequality Research


A Pre-doctoral Fellow with the Midwest Council for Social Research on Aging, Jim Mitchell joined the faculty of East Carolina University in 1980.  A Professor of Sociology, he was Director of the Center on Aging of the Brody School of Medicine of East Carolina University for 25 years and Associate Director of the University of North Carolina System Institute on Aging for 12 years.  His research and writing in applied gerontology focuses upon preventive health behavior among community-dwelling older adults.  Jim is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, Founding Fellow of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Founding Fellow of the University of North Carolina system Institute on Aging, former Editor of the Journal of Applied Gerontology, and he served as President of the Southern Gerontological Society.  His recent publications include, The Aging Farm Population and Rural Aging Research in the Journal of Agromedicine (2009), Topography, Culture Areas, and Integration of Retired Migrants in a Coastal North Carolina County in the Journal of Applied Gerontology (2010), and Continuing Education Modules and the Scholarship of Engagement in Gerontology and Geriatrics Education (2010). 

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