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.

Jack Nagel

Anita A. Summers, Wharton

2015-2016 PASEF President

PASEF Bylaws Revised

PASEF recently conducted a review and revision of our bylaws. The main goal was to address matters on which the bylaws and practice had diverged, either by re-affirming the previous bylaws or by changing them. The review was led by a Committee on Bylaws Revision, comprising Skip Rosoff (chair), Martin Pring, and Neville Strumpf. The Executive Committee discussed possible changes at several meetings before voting to approve revised bylaws. Notable decisions include the following:

  • PASEF’s governing body, formerly called the Executive Committee, is now called the Council.
  • The Council will no longer automatically include former Presidents, except for the immediate Past President. This decision upheld the old bylaws but departed from recent practice, which had been to include all former Presidents. Former Presidents will be welcome to attend Council meetings and contribute to deliberations, but they will not be voting members and will not count toward quorum requirements, except any who have been elected to new terms or appointed to chair committees.
  • Council will include all chairs of standing committees and also chairs of ad hoc committees during the periods when they are active.
  • The Steering Committee of Council will consist of the President, Past President, and President-elect, plus other members that these three invite to join them from time to time. This decision confirmed recent practice, but shrank the Steering Committee compared to provisions in the old bylaws.
  • Nominations and elections have been revised to enhance the potential role of Council, which now votes on the membership of the Nominating Committee and must approve the slate it proposes before a ballot is sent to the full membership for a vote. Also, any three members of Council may add nominees to the slate proposed by the Nominating Committee.
  • Any of three groups may propose amendments to the Bylaws: (a) ten or more PASEF members; (b) three or more Council members; or (c) a duly appointed ad hoc Council committee on bylaws. Adoption of proposed amendments will require a two-thirds vote of Council.

The full text of the revised bylaws may be found in the Bylaws section.

The previous bylaws have been archived.

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.

Report of the Lifelong Learning Committee

The Lifelong Learning Committee of PASEF, chaired by Anita Summers, has presented a proposal for Penn to the Vice Provost for the Faculty. After collecting detailed information on the programs of 15 universities, PASEF recommended a program using the skills of Penn's retired faculty to provide intellectually challenging courses in a variety of subjects, lengths, and formats, including online learning, to adults in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area. Details of the proposal can be found under Spotlights in the right column of this page or simply by clicking here.

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 Eighth Edition of the Hitchhiker's Guide to Faculty Retirement, ASEF's 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.


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: Former President
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

 Janice Bellace

Name: Janice Bellace
Dept: Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton
PASEF: At-large member of the Council
Email | Phone: 215-898-6820 | View Profile

 Peter Dodson

Name: Peter Dodson
Dept: School of Veterinary Medicine
PASEF: At-large member of the Council
Email | Phone: 215-898-8784 | View Profile

 Stephen Dunning

Name: Stephen Dunning
Dept: Religious Studies
PASEF: At-large member of the Council
Email | Phone: 610-644-5138 | View Profile

 Howard Goldfine

Name: Howard Goldfine
Dept: Microbiology, Medicine
PASEF: Chair, Retirement Communities Project, Program Committee
Email | Phone: 215-898-6384 | View Profile

 Lynn Hollen Lees

Name: Lynn Lees
Dept: History
PASEF: At-large member of the Council
Email | Phone: 215-898-8784 | View Profile

Rob Roy MacGregor

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

Mitch Marcus

Name: Mitchell Marcus
Dept: Computer and Information Science
PASEF: At-large member of the Council
Email | Phone: 215-898-2538 | View Profile

 Jeanne C. Myers

Name: Jeanne C. Myers
Dept: Biochemistry and Biophysics, Medicine
PASEF: President, ASEF
Email | Phone: 215-592-4096 | View Profile

Jack Nagel

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

David Pope

Name: David P. Pope
Dept: Materials Science
PASEF: At-Large Member of Council
Email | Phone: 215-898-9837 | 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

Howard Rosenberg

Name: Howard M. Rosenberg
Dept: Pediatric Dentistry
PASEF: At-Large Member of Council
Email | Phone: 215-898-6555 | View Profile

Arnold Rosoff

Name: Arnold (Skip) J. Rosoff
Dept: Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton
PASEF: At-Large Member of Council
Email | Phone: 215-898-7610 | 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-Elect
Email | Phone: 215-898-8749 | 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: 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


Jocelyne Waller

Name: Jocelyne Waller
PASEF: PASEF Coordinator
Phone: 215-746-5972

Council Meetings 2014-2015

Date Day
September 16, 2014 Tuesday
October, 15, 2014 Wednesday
November 18, 2014 Tuesday
December 10, 2014 Wednesday
January 21, 2015 Wednesday
February, 18, 2015 Wednesday
March 18, 2015 Wednesday
April 15, 2015 Wednesday
May, 20, 2015 Wednesday
June 17, 2015 Tuesday

All meetings are from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. in the Lenape Room.

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