Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty

The mission of PASEF is to initiate, conduct and coordinate activities that encourage retired faculty members to continue to be active, contributing participants in the intellectual and social life of the University and to maintain connections among themselves and with their colleagues who are not retired. Such activities include organizing lectures, discussion groups, and social functions that provide fellowship and interaction among members and with the scholarly community on campus; familiarizing members, especially those planning retirement, with issues relating to retirement benefits and retired life; and promoting opportunities for members to render service to the University and its surrounding community.

Paul Shaman

Paul Shaman, Statistics

2016-2017 PASEF President

View Videos of PASEF Lectures

PASEF-sponsored lectures are now being recorded and made available on YouTube. To find links to the videos, click on Previous Events from the menu on the left of the PASEF home page. Or go to PASEF's Facebook page,

PASEF Launches Speakers Bureau

PASEF is pleased to announce a new service to members and community organizations in the Philadelphia area. Our Speakers Bureau is designed to connect groups that regularly sponsor talks with retired Penn faculty (and faculty nearing retirement) who are glad to share their expertise with local audiences. To learn more about the Speakers Bureau, please click here.

Jack Nagel

PASEF Lecture and Luncheon

A Remedy for the Electoral College
Jack Nagel

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
12:00 – 1:30 pm

The 2016 Presidential Election has led many people to believe that there is something wrong with a system where the losing candidate receives two million more popular votes than the winner. There is a widespread belief that any constitutional amendment to change the Electoral College is doomed to failure because it would not get the support of the small states that benefit from the current system. Jack will speak about "The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact" which would achieve the same result as a constitutional amendment without needing the votes of two-thirds of the Congress and three-fourths of the states.

Jack Nagel is Professor of Political Science Emeritus. He has served the School of Arts and Sciences as Chair of the Political Science Department, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Associate Dean for the Social Sciences. He is a former President of the Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty.

The lecture will be held from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in the Hourglass Room in the University Club in the Inn at Penn. Lunch is available for a modest cost.

Jack Nagel

PASEF Lecture and Luncheon

Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems
Daniel Lee

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
12:00 – 1:30 pm

Autonomous, or self-driving, vehicles appear to be around the corner, promising safe and efficient transportation for everyone regardless of their ability to drive. This would provide independence for aging or disabled individuals, and could relieve congestion and land use in urban centers.

How are these autonomous systems designed, and what provides the intelligence or "brains" for these machines?

Prof. Lee's research focuses on giving machines the ability to learn from experience and to process large amounts of data from sensors and communications.

Daniel Lee is the UPS Foundation Chair Professor in Transportation for the Electrical and Systems Engineering Department in SEAS. He serves as Director of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory. He joined the Penn faculty in 2001 coming from the Theoretical Physics and Biological Computation departments at Bell Labs.

The lecture will be held from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in the Hourglass Room in the University Club in the Inn at Penn. Lunch is available for a modest cost.

Road to Retirement Essays by Colleagues

PASEF has held “road to retirement” panel discussions over the past several years, and some of our colleague participants have written brief descriptions in which they describe their thoughts and steps in deciding to go emeritus, and then how life has been thereafter. Please click here to enjoy their insights and experience regarding the transition:

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Faculty Retirement

We are proud to announce the release of the Tenth Edition of the Hitchhiker's Guide to Faculty Retirement, our annually revised handbook highlighting the policy and process governing the transition from full-time faculty to emeritus.

Please refer to the official release notes for a review of the updates to this year's edition.

Office of Provost: Memo on Resources for Retired Faculty

Bulletin Board

From time to time links to articles and reports deemed to be of interest to the PASEF membership will be posted. PASEF does not endorse any positions taken or views expressed in the items cited. The two listed below address Social Security and the choice of a retirement community. Both are from The New York Times.

The Black Art of Deciphering Social Security

Retirement in a Community - But Which One?

New Summary of Information on Retirement Communities

Howard Goldfine, Jim Saunders and Heidi George have recently assembled a set of tables providing important information for those considering the move to a retirement community. You can find this information by clicking on the Retirement Communities link under Spotlights in the right column of this web page or simply clicking here.


Do you have questions about health care, including bills?

We suggest that you contact Health Advocate,offered through the Penn Division of Human Resources (HR) to help Penn employees and their families resolve healthcare-related issues.

Check out their website.

Members of PASEF Council

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Roger Allen

Name: Roger M.A. Allen
Dept: Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
PASEF: President-Elect
Email | Phone: 215-898-6337 | View Profile

David P. Balamuth

Name: David P. Balamuth
Dept: Physics & Astronomy
PASEF: Rep. to Univ. Council on Benefits & Pensions
Email | Phone: 610-896-5846 | View Profile

Lois Evans

Name: Lois Evans
Dept: Nursing
PASEF: Secretary
Email | Phone: 215-898-2140 | View Profile

Joan F. Goodman

Name: Joan F. Goodman
Dept: Education, Culture, and Society Division, Education
PASEF: At-large member of the Council
Email | Phone: 215-898-5677 | View Profile

Howard Hurtig

Name: Howard I. Hurtig
Dept: Neurology, Medicine
PASEF: At-large member of the Council
Email | Phone: 215-829-8407 | View Profile

 John Keene

Name: John Keene
Dept: City and Regional Planning
PASEF: At-large member of the Council
Email | Phone: 215-898-7880 | View Profile

 Sue Kramer

Name: Sandra Sue Kramer
Dept: CHOP Radiology
Email | Phone: 610-565-6583 | View Profile

 Lynn Hollen Lees

Name: Lynn Lees
Dept: History, Ombudsman
PASEF: At-large member of Council
Email | Phone: 215-898-8262 | View Profile

Rob Roy MacGregor

Name: Rob Roy MacGregor
Dept: Medicine
PASEF: Former President
Email | Phone: 215-662-3565 | View Profile

E. Ann Matter

Name: E. Ann Matter
Dept: Religious Studies
PASEF: At-large member of Council
Email | Phone: 215-463-2663 | View Profile

Marshall Meyer

Name: Marshall W. Meyer
Dept: Management
PASEF: At-large member of Council
Email | Phone: 215-898-6992 | View Profile

Jack Nagel

Name: Jack H. Nagel
Dept: Political Science
PASEF: Former President
Email | Phone: 215-898-4255 | View Profile

Gerald J. Porter

Name: Gerald J. Porter
Dept: Mathematics
PASEF: Former President
Email | Phone: 215-898-8467 | View Profile

Martin Pring

Name: Martin Pring
Dept: Physiology, Medicine
PASEF: Rep. to Senate Executive Committee
Email | Phone: 215-898-6870 | View Profile

Gino Segre

Name: Gino C. Segre
Dept: Physics and Astronomy
PASEF: At-large member of Council
Email | Phone: 215-898-6481 | View Profile

Vivian C. Seltzer

Name: Vivian C. Seltzer
Dept: Social Policy & Practice
PASEF: Former President
Email | Phone: 215-731-1101 | View Profile

Paul Shaman

Name: Paul Shaman
Dept: Statistics, Wharton
PASEF: President
Email | Phone: 215-898-8749 | View Profile

Benjamin Shen

Name: Benjamin Shen
Dept: Physics & Astronomy
PASEF: Former President
Email | Phone: 215-222-5757 | View Profile

Neville E. Strumpf

Name: Neville E. Strumpf
Dept: Nursing
PASEF: Former President
Email | Phone: 215-898-8802 | View Profile

Anita Summers

Name: Anita A. Summers
Dept: Public Policy and Management, Wharton
PASEF: Past President
Email | Phone: 610-645-8660 | View Profile

Ross A. Webber

Name: Ross A. Webber
Dept: Management, Wharton
PASEF: Former President
Email | Phone: 856-216-8233 | View Profile


Name: Sarah Barr
PASEF: PASEF Coordinator
Phone: 215-746-5972

Council Meetings 2016-2017

Date Day
September 21, 2016 Wednesday
October 19, 2016 Wednesday
November 16, 2016 Wednesday
December 14, 2016 Wednesday
January 17, 2017 Tuesday
February 21, 2017 Tuesday
March 21, 2017 Tuesday
April 18, 2017 Tuesday
May 16, 2017 Tuesday

All meetings are from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. in the Hourglass Room, University Club, Inn at Penn.

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