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 Speakers Bureau

PASEF is pleased to sponsor a service to members and community organizations in the Philadelphia area. Our Speakers Bureau connects 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.

    Successful Investing
12:00PM – 1:30PM, MARCH 10, 2017
BRB 251
Lunch will be provided.
"Financial Planning for Retirement – Timeline to Retirement and Successful Investing"
John H. Rahmlow, Vanguard

John H. Rahmlow is a Retirement Planning Counselor in Vanguard's Participant Education Department. His primary responsibilities include meeting with participants on a one-on-one basis and conducting group meetings on topics such as plan benefits, investment strategies and retirement readiness. Prior to becoming a Retirement Planning Counselor, Mr. Rahmlow spent more than 10 years as the Meetings Consultant in Participant Education. In that role he was responsible for providing consulting and content design services for custom presentations for institutional clients. Before joining Participant Education in 2005, Mr. Rahmlow was a team leader in Participant Services. Mr. Rahmlow has been with Vanguard since 1998.

Mr. Rahmlow earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Delaware; a JD from Widener University School of Law; an LL.M. in Taxation and an Employee Benefits Certificate from Villanova University School of Law; and currently holds FINRA series 6, 63 and 26 licenses as well as the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation from the College for Financial Planning.

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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