Dr. Kruger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Health Sciences at Indiana State University where she recently completed her fifth year as a faculty member. She earned her doctorate in Gerontology from the University of Kentucky in 2011. She now directs an undergraduate Gerontology certificate program at Indiana State University and teaches a variety of courses including: Society and Aging; Health Promotion and Aging; Family Relationships; Personal Health and Wellness; Health Biostatistics; and Research Methods. In addition, she developed a study abroad course, Cross-Cultural Comparison of Long-Term Care, which she taught in Finland in May 2014. The course provides students the opportunity to understand a variety of aging experiences and the global implications of aging.
Along with her teaching, Dr. Kruger is active in several research projects including health behaviors and aging, sustainability and aging, and the pedagogy of gerontology and service-learning. Her work includes several community-based participatory-research studies related to physical and mental health, primarily conducted with residents of low resource areas (e.g., rural locations or low income neighborhoods). She is passionate about promoting health and well-being for all and views access to resources and appropriate use of finite resources as a human rights issue.
Dr. Kruger is active in several professional and service organizations, including the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, where she serves as co-chair on the Academic Program Development Committee, and is a member of the Indiana Campus Compact Advisory Council.
Dr. Kruger will manage The Indiana Campus Compact Faculty Fellows class, mentor her fellow faculty in the practice of the scholarship of engagement, and provide leadership as they collaborate on a group project, and work on their own, individual projects. In addition, Dr. Kruger will complete an individual campus-community based project of her own, the planning and implementation of a Center on Lifespan Development at Indiana State University. As a gerontologist, Dr. Kruger is excited to take the next steps in the development of this new Center, which will expand upon many of the partnership she has already developed within the communities in and around Terre Haute to help older adults navigate their changing lives.
In her role as Senior Fellow, Dr. Kruger will lead and support the cohort of faculty who are leaders in community engagement and who share their knowledge with colleagues, students, and the community. These faculty members are helping students become well-informed, engaged and productive members of society, who are fully enabled to provide leadership and service that advances the public good in their communities.
Before being named the Senior Fellow, Dr. Kruger served as an Indiana Campus Compact Faculty Fellow for two years. She credits her time as a Fellow as an integral piece of her professional growth and development as a scholar.