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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, April 21st  Meeting Agenda
10:15 - 10:30 Welcome, nominations, business, announcements  
10:30 - 11:00 TBA  
11:00 - 12:00 Allison Butler
Cyber & Media Literacy

Allison Butler
Sr. Lecturer, Communication Dept. & Dir. Media Literacy Certificate Program, Communication and Media Studies
BA, Fordham, MA & PhD, New York Univ.

Dr. Butler is the author of "Educating media literacy: The need for critical media literacy in teacher education" (Brill, 2020) and, most recently, "Key scholarship in media literacy: David Buckingham" (Brill, 2021), a text on media literacy education scholar David Buckingham. Her research interests are focused on critical media literacy, especially teacher education in media literacy and integrating media literacy into the primary and secondary school classroom. She co-runs Mass Media Literacy, a grassroots organization that trains teachers in media literacy and builds curriculum for critical media literacy across K-12 public schools. Her talk will discuss the need for teacher education in media literacy and threats to K-12 education, including corporate interest in media literacy and data mining under the guise of progressive education.




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