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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, librarians, and certain members of the retired professional staff (see Bylaws for details) are eligible for Active Membership with full voting rights. Spouses of Active or Associate Members qualify as Associate members.  Eligible retirees 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. 

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Featured News

Zoom Meeting:  Wednesday, November 18th  Meeting Agenda
10:15 - 10:30 Welcome, nominations, business, announcements  
10:30 - 11:00 Tyrone Parham
Policing a Diverse Community
11:00 - 12:00 Ray La Raja and 
Alexander Theodoridis

National Elections Analysis

Tyrone Parham 
Assistant Vice Chancellor/Chief of Police at the University of 
Massachusetts Amherst

Parham holds a Bachelor's Degree in Crime, Law, & Justice and a Master's Degree in Workforce Education & Development, both from the Pennsylvania State University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class #244 and PERF's Senior Management Institute for Police Class #68. In 1993 he was hired as a patrol officer and rose through the ranks, holding the positions of detective, lieutenant, assistant chief and deputy chief before his appointment as chief.  Between 2011 and 2016, Parham served as Chief of Police at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, where he led a 51 sworn department on a large college campus with over 47,000 students. In January 2016 he came to UMass to oversee 62 sworn officers on a large and complex residential college campus consisting of over 30,000 students.

Ray La Raja
Professor, Department of Political Science

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; Master in Public Policy, 
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard. 
Ray La Raja's areas of expertise include political parties, interest groups, campaign finance, elections, political participation, American state and local politics, public policy and political reform. He is Associate Director of the UMass Poll, which conducts public opinion research in Massachusetts and the United States to inform policymaking. He is co-founder and former co-editor of The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics and a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Campaign Finance Institute and was past president of the Political Organizations and Parties section of the American Political Science Association.

Alexander Theodoridis
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

PhD, U.C Berkeley, M.A. in Public Policy, Harvard. 
He also serves as the Associate Director of the UMass Poll.
He started at UMass in 2020 after being an Assistant Professor at U.C. Merced since 2012. His research seeks to understand the ways in which citizens interact with the political world in an era of hyper-polarization. His interests are in American electoral politics, with a focus on political behavior/psychology, campaign effects and policy attitudes. He also focuses on survey methodology, experimental methods, design-based causal inference, implicit measures, and the intersection of formal theory and  empirical analysis. His publications have won several prestigious awards.




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