Association of Retired Faculty


Retiree Health Insurance Information Sessions -- The Montana University System Benefits Office is providing two information sessions on the 2016-2017 health insurance options available to retirees through the University System.  Those sessions are scheduled for May 4 in the Lewis/Madison Room of the Best Western Gran Tree Inn.  The 11 am session will cover all of the retiree plans offered through the MUS "Choices" program while the 12 noon session will cover the New West Medicare Advantage Plan (MAP) offered to MUS retirees. 

Brown Bag Luncheon Series-- This series of informal noon hour speakers is planned for the second or third Tuesday or Wednesday of the month during the academic year.  Upcoming presentations include:

      May 10, Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm in Room 125, Linfield Hall. "Informational Session on Health Insurance Alternatives for MSU Retirees"  Topics and guests include: Changes in the Montana University System Choices and MAP Insurance Plans for 2016-2017,  Doug Young, Professor Emeritus of Economics and member of the  MUS Inter Units Benefits Committee;  Medicare Insurance Choices, John Hoffland and Peggy Tombre from the Rocky Mountain Development Council; Enrollments in Marketplace Insurance and Montana Medicaid, Beth Renick, Certified Application Counselor for Community Health Partners. There will be ample time for a question and answer session.

Annual Retired Faculty and Staff Dinner. Sponsored by the MSU Alumni Foundation.  The dinner is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, May 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the  Great Room of the MSU  Alumni Foundation Building.  The keynote presentation will be by MSU professor Seth Walk on "The Human Microbiome; Recent Discoveries". The cost is $28 per person for a hosted cocktail hour and dinner.  RSVP by May 4, either online at or by calling 406 994-4191.


 Items Of Interest

"How Retirement Benefits Will Change in 2016" is a November 2015 article in US News & World Report that explains some changes in potential retirement accounts and social security benefits for those making plans for retirement.

"Nearly Half of Senior Tenured Faculty Want to Delay Retirement" , an article published in October, 2015 in Inside Higher Ed, discusses a recent study by the TIAA CREF Institute on this topic and provides a link to the original study. The lead paragraph notes that some 65% of tenured senior faculty plan to delay retirement for one reason or another.

"Retired Faculty Giving on the Rise at MSU" , a fall 2015 news release from the MSU Foundation spotlights donations from retired MSU Faculty.

"Orphaned at Age 67:  An Organization for Retired Faculty at MSU-Bozeman"  An article by Robert Swenson detailing the rationale for the founding of MSU ARF -- from Montana Professor, 2005

"The Impending Retirement Crisis" -- A journal article in the Spring 2014 issue of "Montana Professor" by Jerome Coffey, Emeritus Professor, MSU-Bozeman, discusses many facets of the problems Montana universities face in dealing with recent changes in retirement issues.

 The Chronicle of Higher Education  published three comment pieces in November, 2014 about how and when university faculty should best retire.  "The Forever Professors" implies that senior faculty should retire earlier rather than later; "Ageism in Academe" responds that senior professors are more productive in their later years and should continue in their appointments; "Dignity in Retirement is Not Too Much to Ask"  suggests that there are retirement arrangements that benefit both the retiring faculty and their university, mostly by the availability of opportunities for retired faculty to continue to work.

ARF Newsletter. The last edition of the ARF NEWSLETTER is available online. An archive of newsletters is available in the "Links" section of the web site.



The purpose of the Association of Retired Faculty of Montana State University - Bozeman is to foster the benefit, interests and well being of retired faculty and spouses through social, educational, and promotional activities, as well as to encourage continuing retiree contact and involvement with the University. In so doing, helping to enrich the personal and professional lives of persons in the University and the greater community.

Officers of the Association of Retired Faculty assume the roles of communicator, advocate, liaison and ombudsman regarding retirement policies and practices in cooperation with other divisions of the University.

Membership is open to retired MSU faculty and spouses, as well as retired faculty from other universities who have a relationship with MSU.

The Association of Retired Faculty at Montana State University was founded in 2004 by a group of retired faculty who wished to retain ties to the University and continue to contribute to University programs in a variety of ways. The constitution of the Association was approved by the membership in October of 2004.

Goals include improving retirement benefits, and promotion of numerous avenues for retirees to remain socially active, productive and up to date on health and economic issues.

The Association of Retired Faculty helps provide all faculty with important news about retirement income, and health insurance.

Minds are stimulated by offering a variety of informative talks by experts on the many and varied aspects of our community, the state, and the nation.

Opportunities are provided to meet with others for local activities and by hosting an annual dinner.

Article by Robert Swenson Detailing Rationale for the Founding of MSU ARF --from Montana Professor, 2005