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The Academy of Senior Professionals

The Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College

Academy - Faculty Learning Grants

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The ASPEC SunTrust Faculty Learning Grants

Mission Statement

It is our hope that ASPEC Faculty Development Grants, sponsored by SunTrust Banks, provide an experiential education where learning occurs through a cycle of action and reflection as students work with faculty and ASPEC members through a process of applying what they are learning to community problems, and, and at the same time, reflecting upon their experience as they seek to achieve real objectives for the community at large and deeper understanding and skills for themselves.

As an example of an ASPEC Grant, Faculty member Dr. Teresa Restom Gaskill proposed the creation of a "Plant Trail" walking tour, so visitors to Eckerd could enjoy walking the campus and appreciating the wide variety of plant life that grows at Eckerd. The guide would also assist in educating school children about our Florida natural environment. In 2010 a pamphlet was produced with the support of the SunTrust Grant.  In 2011 Academy members have worked with Dr. Restom Gaskill to turn the "Plant Trail" into an interactive catalog that brings the plants to life online! Click here to view the Plant Trail guide.

Is ASPEC the Place for You?

Are you excited by the idea of enriching your retirement in a welcoming, supportive community while you:

  • engage in peer led learning
  • work with college students
  • volunteer in the community
  • have fun and make friends

Come and try us out and see if ASPEC is the place you want to be. Click here for membership information.

Click here for ASPEC membership information

The Academy

The Academy is a life long learning organization for adults on the Eckerd College campus. Our members, whether working, retired, regular visitors to Florida or seasonal "Snowbirds" seek a lifestyle that provides intellectual exploration and stimulation, meaningful productivity and an active social life.