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

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.


Using the Immune System to Fight Cancer

Yvonne Paterson

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 12PM

Yvonne Paterson is Professor of Microbiology in the Perelman School of Medicine. She will review various approaches to immunotherapy including, adoptive T cell and antibody therapies, checkpoint inhibitors and cancer vaccines.

Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment designed to boost or augment the body’s natural defenses to fight cancer. It uses natural immune system components either made in the laboratory or by the body itself to improve, target or restore the body’s ability to recognize cancer as a foreign attacker. Recent advances were described by “Science” magazine, in 2013, as the breakthrough of the year.

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 and is open to the public. Lunch is available for a modest cost.

Please RSVP to or by phone at 215-746-5972.

PASEF Luncheon

Kermit Roosevelt III


Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 12PM

Kermit Roosevelt is Professor of Law at Penn. He works in a diverse range of fields, focusing on constitutional law and conflict of laws. His latest academic book, Conflict of Laws (Foundation Press 2010) offers an accessible analytical overview of conflicts. His prior book, The Myth of Judicial Activism: Making Sense of Supreme Court Decisions (Yale, 2006) sets out standards by which citizens can determine whether the Supreme Court is abusing its authority.

His second novel, Allegiance (Regan Arts, 2015), pivots on the controversial World War II internment of more than 100,000 Japanese Americans. “It's the experience of learning what your government has done for you—and thinking it should not have done this.”

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 and is open to the public. Lunch is available for a modest cost.

Please RSVP to or by phone at 215-746-5972.

Signed copies of his book will be available for purchase following the talk

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 Ninth 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

Roberto S. Mariano

Name: Roberto S. Mariano
Dept: Economics
PASEF: At-large member of Council
Email | Phone: 610-642-2729 | 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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