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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

Annual Banquet on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 5:30 - 8:00 pm

Wednesday, March 11th Meeting Agenda
Campus Center Room 904-908
10:00 - 10:15 Coffee, Tea, Juice, Cookies  
10:15 - 10:40 Announcements & Reports  Nominations for the offices of Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
10:40 - 11:00 John McCarthy
Status of UMass Amherst
11:00 - 12:00 Charles DiMare & Paul Collins
Free Expression and Student Rights in Higher Education

John McCarthy
Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Distinguished University Professor of Linguistics. B.A., Harvard and Ph.D., MIT, As the chief academic officer of the campus, he provides leadership for the mission of the University in education, research, and the impact of UMass in the Community and the state of Massachusetts.


Attorney Charles DiMare
Retired Director of Student Legal Services. BA, Pol.Sci., MA Publ. Admin, UMass & JD Vermont Law Sch. Chuck has 40 years of teaching experience at the UMass Amherst. Many of these courses focused on Higher Education Law and Civil Rights, and has represented or advised hundreds of individuals on misconduct lawsuits, claims, grievances and disciplinary procedures. At Vermont Law School & at Northeastern University (Graduate Criminal Justice Program) he has taught several courses entitled “Law Enforcement Civil Liability & Policy Development.”

Paul Collins
Prof. of Political Sci. & Director of Legal Studies. Ph.D. & M.A. (political science) Binghamton University and B.S. (political science) University of Scranton. Among his numerous publications are 3 books; 5 book chapters, 28 journal articles, and 4 Law Review articles. His 2008 book "Friends of the Supreme Court: Interest Groups and Judicial Decision Making." New York, NY: Oxford University Press, is the Winner of the 2009 C. Herman Pritchett Award from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association for the best book on law and courts written by a political scientist.




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