Dr. Ware completed graduate work in gerontology at Florida International University (master’s with Graduate Certificate in Gerontology) and the University of Tennessee (PhD in human development with minor in gerontology). Prior to Concordia, Dr. Ware served as a tenured professor in family studies and women and gender studies at Eastern Kentucky University. In 2015 she left to fulfill a life dream, accepting an invitation to serve in the United States Peace Corps. After sojourns in Peru, Bolivia, and Mexico, she returned to her home state of Florida where she teaches online and volunteers in education in the community. She speaks Spanish and loves to travel in Latin America whenever she can.
Dr. Ware has worked in higher education and human services for more than 28 years. Professional designations include HS-BCP (Human Services Board Certified Practitioner), CFLE (Certified Family Life Educator), Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, and she is TEFL certified to teach English to speakers of other languages.
PhD, Human development and family studies, minor in gerontology. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.
Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. Florida International University, Miami, FL.
MS, Adult education. Florida International University, Miami, FL.
MLA, Liberal arts. Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.
BFA, Art history. Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.
Adulthood and aging
Death, dying and bereavement
Family stress and resilience
Psychology of aging
Diversity awareness for professional practice
Human services and nonprofit management
Research methods and design
Publications and peer-reviewed presentations include 10 publications (one international), 16 peer-reviewed presentations (5 international), 9 invited addresses, and faculty mentorship of 60 students presenting 41 peer-reviewed presentations at national, regional, and state conferences, and university research showcases. Selected scholarship includes:
Book review: Individual and Family Stress and Crises. Family Science Review (16)2, 2001, pp. 113-115.
Resurrecting a life through storytelling: A healing process for Survivors of Suicide in Probing the boundaries: Making sense of suicide, K. McKay and J. E. Schlimme (Eds.), e-book format ISBN 978-1- 84888-068-9. Oxford, United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2011, pp. 1-10.
Grayby Boomers, Trends, and Program Responses for Employee Services Management. ESM Magazine, journal of the Employee Services Management Association, 2008, pp. 14-17.
The Un-retirement Movement: Trends and Employee Program Strategies for the Aging Workforce, Employee Services Management (ESM) 68th Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, October 17, 2009.
Happy ending or sad? It’s complicated! PsycCRITIQUES, Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 2010, online journal, http://www.apa.org/psyccritiques.
Never Again and Innocence: Sex in the City, Senior-style (Part 1), Never Again: Traipsing the Terrain of Midlife. PsycCRITIQUES, Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 2006, online journal, http://www.apa.org/psyccritiques.
Never Again and Innocence: Sex in the City, Senior-style (Part 2), Innocence: Riding the wave of water under the bridge. PsycCRITIQUES, Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 2006, online journal, http://www.apa.org/psyccritiques.