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Emeriti & Retired Faculty

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Emeriti and retired faculty members are valuable participants in the Smith community. They continue to actively contribute to the intellectual and social life of the college through their scholarship and publications, contact with students and alumnae, and their collegial relations with both current and retired faculty members.

Emeriti Advisory Committee

The Emeriti Advisory Committee provides a direct means of communication between emeriti faculty and the administration. The committee serves as a forum for emeriti faculty ideas and concerns; makes recommendations about policy changes relevant to emeriti faculty; and provides advice to the president, provost and planning committees about issues relevant to emeriti faculty. In planning for retirement, faculty members often have questions about their opportunities and choices for shaping the next phase of their intellectual careers. The advisory board can assist with information and guidance.

  • Marjorie Senechal, Louise Wolff Kahn Professor Emerita in Mathematics and History of Science & Technology
  • Janie Vanpée, Professor of French Studies
  • Hélène VisentinChair, Associate Dean of the Faculty/Dean for Academic Development

Events & Activities

Emeriti Talks

Dewey Hall

There are no talks currently scheduled for the 2020–21 academic year.

Out But Not Down (OBND)

Throughout the academic year, the Out But Not Down group generally meets monthly and enjoys a series of speakers and lunches. Membership is automatic. A letter is sent to recent retirees and new members are introduced at the group’s October meeting. Members also gather for an end-of-the-year dinner in May. There is no charge for membership or meals, and spouses or partners are welcome to accompany emeriti.

OBND Schedule

During the 2020—21 academic year, the meetings will be held virtually, at noon – 1:15 p.m. Members of OBND will receive Zoom invitations and instructions on how to join by email.


Monday, October 12, 2020

“A Discussion of the 2020 National Elections,” moderated by Don Baumer

Monday, November 16, 2020

“Student Recruitment in a Pandemic - Implications for Smith and Higher Education,” presented by Audrey Smith

Monday, December 14, 2020

“Teaching Laboratory Sciences Remotely During the Pandemic: Examples from Chemistry,” presented by Kate Queeney

Friday, March 5, 2021 “How to Read a Faulkner Sentence” presented by Michael Gorra 
Monday, April 5, 2021 “Some Reflections on Piano Playing and Teaching” presented by Jiayan Sun
Monday, May 17, 2021 “COVID Economics” presented Mahnaz Mahdavi



Officers 2020–21

President: Lâle Burk
Vice-President: John Brady
Secretary: Patricia Sweetser
Treasurer: Charles Johnson

Emeriti & Retirement Resources


Provost/Dean of the Faculty

College Hall 206
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: 413-585-3000