The Towson University Retired Faculty Association (TURFA) fosters an ongoing relationship
between retired faculty/librarians, the university and the community, providing opportunities
to share information, experiences, scholarship, service and social interaction.
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.
Studying the White House: The View from the Press Room Basement
The Towson University Retired Faculty Association (TURFA) invites the campus community
to their annual fall event where Dr. Martha Joynt Kumar, TU Professor Emerita of Political
Science, will discuss Studying the White House: The View from the Press Room Basement
on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Register here.
TURFA Officers and Executive Committee 2018-2019
Fran Bond, Education College of Education Liaison
Tracy Miller, Academic Advising
Martha Siegel, Mathematics
Ray Castaldi, Accounting College of Business and Economics Liaison
Ron Matlon, Mass Communication & Communication Studies College of Fine Arts and Communication Liaison
Representative At Large
Jane Wolfson, Environmental Science
Representative At Large
Peg Benner, English
Programs and Events Committee Chair
Jane Wolfson, Evironmental Science
Scholarship and Research Committee Chair
David Larkin, Chemistry Fisher College of Science and Mathematics Liaison
Florence Newman, English College of Liberal Arts Liaison
Ellie Hofstetter, Library
Oral History Project Chairman
Don Forester, Biology
FACE Advisory Board Representative
Annette Chappell, English
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. Copies of
all past meeting minutes can be found on the TURFA SharePoint site (accessible by logging in with your TU Net ID/password).
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.