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.

Roger Allen

Roger Allen, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations,

2017-2018 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.

Coming Events

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 following articles and statements deal with sales practices of TIAA:

Gretchen Morgenson’s article about TIAA and whistle blowers, “The finger-pointing at the finance firm TIAA,” appeared online in The New York Times 21 October 2017.

TIAA CEO Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. responds to Morgenson’s article with a letter to The New York Times, 3 November 2017:

A more lengthy statement by Mr. Ferguson, “TIAA’s mission-based approach separates us from the pack,” is on TIAA’s website:

The New York Attorney General moves to investigate the complaints again TIAA. The article,

“TIAA receives New York subpoena on sales practices,” appeared online 9 November 2017 in The New York Times:

A Your Money column in The New York Times entitled “If you bought into TIAA based on reputation, check your accounts,” by Tara Siegel Bernard, discussed the TIAA controversy. The column appeared online 13 November 2017.

In The Philadelphia Inquirer, Erin Arvedlund authored the article “Dear professor: TIAA, your annuity provider, was subpoenaed by N.Y. AG.” It appeared initially 10 November 2017.

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, Chair of Steering Committee, Chair of Speakers Bureau Committee
Email | Phone: 215-473-0665 | 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

Peter H. Bloch

Name: Peter H. Bloch
Dept: Medicine
PASEF: President of the ASEF-PASEF Council
Email | Phone: 610-329-9308 | View Profile

Janet Deatrick

Name: Janet Deatrick
Dept: Nursing
PASEF: At-large member of the Council
Email | Phone: 215-205-0162 | View Profile

Marc Dichter

Name: Marc Dichter
Dept: Medicine
PASEF: At-large member of the Council
Email | Phone: 610-659-4852 | View Profile

Lois Evans

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

Murray Gerstenhaber

Name: Murray Gerstenhaber
Dept: Mathematics
PASEF: At-large member of the Council
Email | Phone: 215-898-8460 | 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: Medicine, Pennsylvania Hospital
PASEF: Secretary
Email | Phone: 215-829-8407 | View Profile

 John Keene

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

 Walter Licht

Name: Walter Licht
Dept: History
PASEF: At-large member of Council
Email | Phone: 215-898-5097 | View Profile

Rob Roy MacGregor

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

Ann Mayer

Name: Ann Mayer
Dept: Legal Studies & Business Ethics, Wharton
PASEF: At-large member of Council
Email | Phone: 215-898-5717 | View Profile

Marshall Meyer

Name: Marshall W. Meyer
Dept: Management
PASEF: SCOA Representative
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, Co-chair of Program and Event Committee
Email | Phone: 215-898-8467 | View Profile

Martin Pring

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

Gino Segre

Name: Gino C. Segrè
Dept: Physics and Astronomy
PASEF: At-large member of Council, SCOF Representative, Chair of Nominations Committee
Email | Phone: 215-898-6481 | View Profile

Vivian C. Seltzer

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

Paul Shaman

Name: Paul Shaman
Dept: Statistics, Wharton
PASEF: Past President, Co-chair of Program and Event Committee
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: Former President, SCSEP Representative, Chair of Communication & Membership Committee
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 2017-2018

Date Day
September 13, 2017 Wednesday
October 18, 2017 Wednesday
November 15, 2017 Wednesday
December 13, 2017 Wednesday
January 17, 2018 Wednesday
February 14, 2018 Wednesday
March 14, 2018 Wednesday
April 18, 2018 Wednesday
May 16, 2018 Wednesday

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

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