As faculty and librarians begin to consider retirement and develop new goals for this next stage of our lives, we realize that one of the most valuable relationships we developed at the university was the relationship among faculty members. Throughout our careers we have been lending support, providing insight, posing questions, and exchanging ideas with each other. This process deepened our intellectual experience and strengthened our pedagogy. The TU Retired Faculty Association provides a framework for these relationships — and the pleasures they bring — to continue. Our members remain interested in enriching our community and themselves.

Membership Levels

TURFA offers two types of membership: full membership and associate membership. The type of membership for which one is eligible depends upon their pre-retirement role at TU. The annual membership period runs from July 1 - June 30. Payment for the year is expected in June. Availability of benefits is dependent upon receipt of your membership form and payment.

Full Membership

Full membership is offered to retired full-time, part-time and adjunct Towson University faculty/librarians. Full members are eligible to vote and hold office in the association.

Associate Membership

Associate membership is offered to individuals who do not meet the requirements for full membership, but who are long-time members of the Towson University academic community or are related to or are partners of TURFA full members and share an interest in the mission of the association.

Dues Structure

Both full and associate members can join with an annual or a lifetime payment.  Annual dues for all members are $25. Anyone joining between January 1 and May 1 can pay $15 with their memberships expiring on June 30.

Lifetime memberships are available with a $250 lump sum payment at the time of joining or at the time of membership renewal.


Members often choose to donate to TURFA at the same time they are paying their dues. Donations, which are tax deductible, can be made to the Oral History Project Fund, the Research and Scholarship Fund or the General TURFA Fund. The online membership registration and the mail-in membership registration forms below provide an opportunity to register a donation. Of course, TURFA accepts donations at any time. It is a lovely way to acknowledge a significant event for a colleague.

On the donation page:

  • Enter the amount of your donation.
  • Select “Other Programs or Projects” at the bottom of the dropdown menu.
  • Enter TURFA in the “Please indicate the program ...” box.
  • Continue filling out the online form.

Become a Member

  • Online Membership Registration FormFill in this form online, making sure to include all of the required information (*).  When you have completed filling in the form, click on the “SUBMIT” button to send the form directly to the Towson University Foundation. 
  • Mail-In Membership Registration Form (PDF) — Fill out this form using Adobe Reader, print this form, and mail it with your check to the address given at the top of the form.  (This works best in Chrome or Firefox.)



Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions about joining TURFA or membership benefits. Send an email to .