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  Welcome to the Retired Faculty Association

The aims of the Retired Faculty Association are:

To facilitate constructive contributions by its members to the University;
To ascertain the relevant needs of retired faculty and to communicate this information to the administration; and
To promote social and intellectual interaction among its members.

All retired faculty members and librarians are eligible for Active Membership with full voting rights. Retired faculty members and librarians living outside the Amherst area, retired faculty members and librarians of other colleges or universities, and widows or widowers of persons who were eligible for Active or Associate Membership, may become Associate Members upon payment of Associate Member dues. Spouses of Active or Associate Members qualify as Associate members without payment of dues.

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Featured News

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Meeting Agenda
Campus Center Room 803
10:00 - 10:20 Coffee, Tea, Juice, Cookies, Danish  
10:20 - 10:40 Business meeting and Announcements  
10:40 - 11:00 Richard O'Brien
Chancellor Emeritus
"Outreach Activity at the Springfield Museum of Art"
11:00 - 12:00 Susan Whitbourne
Professor, Psychology and Brain Science
"The Keys to Successful Aging: Tips for Finding Fulfillment in Retirement"


Richard O'Brien
Chancellor Emeritus
PhD. University of Western Ohio

A biochemist by training and an authority on toxic chemicals. He served as faculty at Cornell for 18 years then as Provost at University of Rochester before coming to UMass Amherst in 1984 to serve as Provost and Executive Vice-Chancellor for 7 years and as the Chancellor for two years. He retired in 2000 and began his current second career as Docent at the Springfield Art Museum.

Susan Whitbourne
Psychology and Brain Science
B.A., SUNY-Buffalo, 1970; Ph.D., Columbia University, 1974

Her research covers adult development and aging, including personality development through the middle and later adult years and the relationship between physical health and sense of personal identity. Most recently, she conducted research on videogame playing as an intervention for cognition in older adults. Included in her published books: Adult Development and Aging: Biopsychosocial Perspectives, 5th Ed. (2014); Abnormal Psychology: Clinical Perspectives on Psychological Disorders, 7th ed. with DSM-5 update (2013); Handbook of Adult Development and Aging (2012).


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