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"The Forever Professors" -- An opinion piece in the November 18, 2014 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education provides some interesting personal perspectives by a recently retired professor on whether senior faculty should or should not delay retirement.

"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.

Emeritus Colleges Featured -- An October, 2013 article in the publication "Inside Higher Ed" discussed the emerging role of emeritus colleges on university campuses and the expectations of today's retiring faculty.

Teachers Retirement System Funding Issues -- The current TRS web site includes an information page on the lawsuit to stop the reduction in annual benefit adjustments as well as links to pages that relate to the 2013 legislative session and the bills that dealt with funding issues for TRS.

Are Academics Delaying Retirement? --An article published in the journal Nature (March, 2012) discusses how baby boomers in academia are delaying their retirement and how this impacts younger faculty. Phased retirement is briefly discussed as a mechanism to encourage retirement.

University of Montana-Missoula Retirees' Association

Emeritus Policy as published in the MSU Faculty Handbook, May 9, 2011

ARF NEWSLETTERS --"BowWow Times" is the newsletter of the MSU Association of Retired Faculty. The most recent edition: Vol.6, #1, February 2014

Archived Editions:Vol.5, #2, September 2013; Vol.5, #1, January 2013; Vol.4, #4, July 2012; Vol.3, #3, November 2011; Vol.3, #2, July 2011; Vol.3, #1, February 2011; Vol.2, #2, October 2010; Vol.2, #1, February 2010; Vol.1, #2, April 2009; Vol. 1, #1, February, 2009


Pension Plans, Retirement Plans

Montana Teachers Retirement System. The Montana Teachers Retirement System serves active and retired teachers and educators in the State of Montana. Its primary purpose is to administer their pension plan, which includes (but is not limited to) payment of retirement benefits, collection of member contributions and enrollment of new members.

TIAA-CREF. TIAA-CREF provides retirement plans at more than 15,000 colleges, universities, schools, research centers, medical organizations and other nonprofit institutions throughout the United States.

Health Insurance, Health Care Providers

Montana University System Health Insurance Plans - CHOICES. Information on currently available health insurance plans for MUS retirees.

MSU Personnel and Payroll Health Benefits. This web page provides links to all of the providers for the CHOICES health insurance plans as well as links to required forms.

Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. Bozeman Deaconess Hospital offers comprehensive services designed to meet the diverse healthcare needs of the communities in the greater Gallatin Valley.

Retirement Planning

Handbook for Retirement at MSU -- produced by MSU Association of Retired Faculty

MSU Personnel and Payroll - Retirement Information and Forms

Getting Ready -- Information from the Montana University System (2013 update)

USA Today Retirement Section - useful information on many facets of retirement planning.

Preparing Yourself Mentally for Retirement - an article published in USA Today in October, 2013

Learn, Discover, and Travel

Road Scholar (formerly ElderHostel)




Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE)

California State University Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association

California State University Long Beach Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association

North Carolina State University Resources for Retired Faculty (information on phased retirement)

Rutgers Retired Faculty Association (considerable information on end-of-life issues)

UC Berkely Retirement Center (university sponsored facility with programs for retirees)

USC Emeriti Center and Emeriti College

University of Colorado Retired Faculty Association

University of Montana-Missoula Retirees' Association

University of Washington Retirement Association

Washington State University Emeritus Society



Clemson University Emeritus College

Arizona State University Emeritus College

Emory University Emeritus College


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