Jean Pearson Scott is a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Texas Tech University. During her career at TTU, she has served in administrative roles as a department chair, associate chair, and graduate program director. She currently serves as the faculty ombudsperson for TTU. She teaches courses in research methods and social gerontology, and she collaborates as a faculty member of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance gerontology program. Her research has focused on formal and informal supportive ties of older adults, later-life families, spirituality and aging, and aging in place in rural areas.