Links to Items of Interest for Retiring or Retired Faculty
LINKS TO CURRENT/RECENT ITEMS OF INTEREST
"The Forever Professors" -- An opinion piece in the November 14, 2014 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, written by a recently retired professor, provides some interesting personal perspectives suggesting that senior faculty should not delay retirement beyond 70.
"Ageism in Academe", published in the November 18, 2014 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education is a direct response to "The Forever Professors" from a senior faculty member. He notes that senior faculty are in the best years of their professional life and should not retire too early.
"Dignity in Retirement Is Not Too Much to Ask" -- An advice piece in the November 24, 2014 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, written by three retired professors. The article is in partial response to "The Forever Professors" and suggests retirement arrangements that benefit both the retiring faculty and their university.
"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 2015 legislative session and the bills that relate to TRS. As of June 30, 2015 a district judge ruled in favor of TRS retirees to maintain the GABA at pre-2013 levels.
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.
Emeritus Policy as published in the MSU Faculty Handbook, May 9, 2011
"The BowWow Times" is the newsletter of ARF, 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
LINKS FOR RETIRING / RETIRED FACULTY
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.
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
Documents related to estate planning, wills, etc. from MSU Extension Service
Considerable information on estate planning and end-of-life issues can be found on the website for the Rutgers Retired Faculty Association
LINKS TO RETIRED FACULTY ORGANIZATIONS
Rutgers Retired Faculty Association (considerable information on end-of-life issues)
UC Berkely Retirement Center (university sponsored facility with programs for retirees)
LINKS TO EMERITUS COLLEGES