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Emeriti Assembly

Emeriti faculty are those full-time faculty who retired after giving at least ten years of service to Rutgers University.  It is an honorary term awarded by the President of the University at the time of retirement. The newly-renamed Retiree Assembly has made the group open to any retired faculty, whether full-time or part-time faculty, tenured or non tenured. Hence, group membership has been officially opened and clarified; the group no longer limits its members by the honorary term awarded by a University President. 

The Retiree Assembly at Rutgers University was founded by Professor Emeritus Richard Wasson who believed that it would be beneficial for retired faculty to assemble and continue to have a voice in academia and in intellectual pursuits beyond the time constraints of a fully employed professional career.  The organization began in 1996 when by-laws were formulated to guide in defining membership, structuring meetings, committees, and dues.  The term “Assembly” was suggested by the national American Association of University Professors to distinguish the name from other titles used by educational institutions and professions. In 2005 Rutgers Council of AAUP Chapters began a trial joint affiliation with the American Federation of Teachers that became permanent in 2008. Officers of the Retiree Assembly are elected by the membership for two-year terms. The Chairperson and Vice Chairperson are elected in odd-numbered years and the Secretary and Treasurer are elected in even-numbered years. The current officers are:

Chairperson: Benjamin R. Beede        
Immediate Past Chairperson: Elfriede Schlesinger
Vice Chairperson:   Jonathan Lurie
Secretary:    Acting Secretary is Benjamin R. Beede. He will serve until an election for Interim Secretary is completed.
Treasurer:    Isabel Wolock

Current Chairpersons of the Standing Committees as called for in the by-laws are:

Donald Borchardt, Newsletter Committee
Judith Friedman, Program Committee

Click here for the current by-laws of the Retiree Assembly, adopted October 24, 2017

Notes by Gordon Schochet as retirees try to find out what the change to Medicare Advantage might mean for those in Horizon BC/BS health plans: November 3, 2016 Notes

Members of the Retiree Assembly are normally continuing members (in retirement) of the national American Association of University Professors or retired faculty who were members of AAUP-AFT faculty union. Annual dues are payable in September. Retired faculty can join the Retiree Assembly by sending a check in the amount of $10 payable to "Rutgers AAUP Retiree Assembly" to Rutgers AAUP-AFT, 11 Stone Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

The mission of the Retiree Assembly is to sustain and enhance the personal and intellectual interest of retired faculty and of the educational functions of the University.  These interests will be met through:

  • Meetings
  • Special programs
  • A communications network
  • Work with other groups concerned with retiree issues


Members may attend monthly meetings and participate in decisions regarding activities to:

  • Improve the status of retirees
  • Continue professional interests
  • Consider aspects of health policies
  • Promote intellectual contacts
  • Evaluate economic issues
  • Communicate with the Rutgers AAUP-AFT Chapters
  • Seek out other concerns that affect life after retirement

A program of seminars and forums is scheduled for the benefit of the general membership.  Events are sometimes held with joint sponsorship of colleges or other professional organizations.

The speaker for the November 21, 2017 meeting is Dr. Daniel M. Ogilvie, speaking on "The Physiology, Pstchology, and Politics of Fear" (Dr. Ogilvie is Professor Emeritus, Rutgers Department of Psychology)

Some recent presentations have included:

  • Judith Gerson - "The Legacies of Holocaust Memory among German Jewish Refugees" (February 2017)
  • Gary F. Merrill - "Our Aging Bodies" (April 2017)


Dues of $10 per year help to sustain the functions of the Retiree Assembly.  Donations are accepted.  The AAUP-AFT Office provides a space for monthly meetings and also provides services for duplication of notices and mailings.

Two issues of the Rutgers AAUP Emeriti Reporter newsletter are mailed to the membership each year as are notices of monthly meetings/presentations.  Events provide for social and intellectual participation.  Contact with the AAUP and AFT is maintained.  Members can vote for Retiree Assembly officers, may hold office, and may participate on special committees. With the new bylaws in 2017, the newsletter's name will change to Rutgers AAUP-AFT Retiree Reporter.

The Richard Wasson Leadership Award was established in 1999 in memory of Richard Wasson, founder and First President of the Rutgers AAUP Emeriti Assembly. This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated leadership in the area of academic retirement. The leadership can take a variety of forms such as teaching, research writing, public service, organizing programs, or promoting the provision of resources and legislation. Recipients of this award are:

2016 Judith Friedman
2015 Gordon Schochet
2014 Elfriede Schlesinger
2013 Gustav Friedrich
2012 Benjamin R. Beede
2011 Raymond Bodnar
2008 Richard Quaintance
2007 Theodore Kruse
2006 Isabel Wolock
2005 Norman Eiger
2004 Sy Larson
2003 Shanti Tangri
2002 Donald Borchardt
2001 Todd Hunt
2000 Ludwig Geismar

For an archive of the Emeriti Assembly/ Retiree Assembly newsletters click here.

Links to other retiree groups at Rutgers:

Retired Faculty and Staff Association

Silver Knights

RWJMS Retired Faculty Association

Contact information for the Emeriti Assembly:

Rutgers AAUP Emeriti Assembly
11 Stone Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901


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