Retired Faculty Association

Founded in 2015, the Towson University Retired Faculty Association (TURFA) fosters an ongoing relationship between retired faculty/librarians, the university, and the community. TURFA provides opportunities to share information, experiences, scholarship, service, and social interaction.

New Benefit

TURFA members now have access to the Burdick Hall REC Center.  Click here for details  (PDF).


TU building

Welcome to TURFA

We are delighted that this long-awaited, passionately desired association has come to fruition. As a retired faculty member, you are a vital part of Towson University’s successes and a lifelong source of enrichment for the students you have taught here.

Though an educator’s goals always center on students, one of the most valuable relationships at a university is the relationship between faculty members. In lending support, providing insight, posing questions, and exchanging ideas, you’ve been able to deepen your understandings and strengthen your pedagogy. With the formation of the TU Retired Faculty Association, those profound gifts can continue long after you’ve left our classrooms.

We are so grateful for your service to Towson University, and we join in your enthusiasm for the TU Retired Faculty Association and all its potential.

Towson University Retired Faculty Association 2021/2022 Executive Committee

Title Name

Jane Wolfson, Environmental Science and Studies

President-Elect Lawrence Shirley,  Mathematics 
Past President Ron Matlon, Mass Communication & Communication Studies


Ray Castaldi, Accounting
Secretary Janet DeLany, Occupational Therapy 
Representative At Large Thomas Maronick, Marketing 
Representative At Large Jim Dilisio, Geography
Programs and Events Committee Chair

Jim Paulsen, Art

Research and Scholarship Committee Chair David Larkin, Chemistry
Oral History Project Standing Committee Chair  Don Forester, Biology
Public Relations Standing Committee Chair  Tracy Miller, Academic Advising 

Non-Voting Members 

Library Liaison

Ellie Hofstetter, Library

College of Education Liaison Fran Bond, Education
FACET Advisory Board Representative  Precha Thavikulwat, Management 

Academic Senate Representative 

Martha Siegel, Mathematics
Academic Senate Alternate  Williams Smith, Management
Online Information Coordinator  Peg Benner, English 
Editor, The Advocate  Florence Newman, English
Legislative Affairs Representatve 

Pat Alt, Health Science 

Gerontology Task Force

Pat Alt, Health Science 

Fran Bond, Education

Emeriti Status and Faculty Rights and Privileges Task Force Martha Siegel, Mathematics


Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

The TURFA executive committee typically meets once per month to discuss current initiatives, projects, partnerships, issues/concerns among a variety of other topics. 

2020 TURFA Executive Committee Minutes


The TU Retired Faculty Association Is a Proud Member of AROHE

Towson University is the first University System of Maryland institution to join the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE). AROHE advocates for and serves campus-based organizations for retired faculty and staff, helping to increase the contributions you made to Towson University.

  • AROHE Conference Report 2016 - Florence Newman, Professor Emerita & TURFA Programs & Events Committee Chair, attended the 2016 AROHE Conference in Seattle, WA.

Contact Information

Office of the Provost

Administration Building
Room 311
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.