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.
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.
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.
New Summary of Information on Retirement Communities
Howard Goldfine, Jim Saunders and Heidi George have recently assembled a set of tables providing importantinformation for those considering the move to a retirement community. You can find this information by clicking on theRetirement Communities link under Spotlights in the right column of this web page or simply clicking here.
Report of the Lifelong Learning Commmittee
The Lifelong Learning Committee of PASEF, chaired by Anita Summers, has presented a proposal for Penn to the ViceProvost for the Faculty. After collecting detailed information on the programs of 15 universities, PASEF recommended aprogram using the skills of Penn's retired faculty to provide intellectually challenging courses in a variety ofsubjects, lengths, and formats, including online learning, to adults in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area. Details ofthe proposal can be found under Spotlights in the right column of this page or simply byclicking here.
Road to Retirement Essays by Colleagues
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
Name: Howard M. Rosenberg
Name: Heidi George
Council Meetings 2014-2015
|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.