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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 Emerita of French Studies
  • Hélène VisentinChair, Associate Dean of the Faculty/Dean for Academic Development

Events & Activities

Emeriti Events

Dewey Hall

Tilly Hall Room Warming
Friday, November 11, 2022: 4–6 p.m.
Tilly Hall Lounge, Second Floor

Thursday Tea in Tilly
Thursday, February 16, 3–4:30 p.m.
Tilly Hall Lounge, Second Floor 

"The Empire of the English Language: Thomas Mann and American Literature"
presented by Hans Vaget, Helen & Laura Shedd Professor Emeritus of German Studies and Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature
Friday, March 17, 2023: 3–4:30 p.m.Tilly Hall Lounge, Second Floor 

Thursday Tea in Tilly
Thursday, March 30, 3–4:30 p.m.
Tilly Hall Lounge, Second Floor 

Thursday Tea in Tilly
Thursday, April 20, 3–4:30 p.m.
Tilly Hall Lounge, Second Floor 

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 2022—23 academic year, the meetings will be held in person at the Conference Center monthly from 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Members of OBND will receive announcements, with an invitation to RSVP, by email.


Monday, October 3, 2022

"A Tree's Gonna Grow What a Tree's Gonna Grow: Warm Springs Alter Timing but not Total Growth for Trees," presented by Albert Kim, Assistant Professor of Statistical and Data Science  

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

"Where Next for the Supreme Court?” presented by Alice Hearst, Professor of Government

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

"The War in Ukraine: Reflections on the Origins," presented by Sergey Glebov, Professor of History

Monday, February 6, 2023 "My Hearth Will Go On: Hearth Maintenance and Memory in Early Bronze Age Lerna," presented by Rebecca Worsham, Assistant Professor of Classical Languages and Literatures
Tuesday, March 7, 2023 "The Covid Pandemic: Three Diverse Academic Perspectives," panel presented by John Connolly, Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus of Philosophy; Lester Little, Dwight W. Morrow Professor Emeritus of History; and Giovanna Bellesia, Professor Emerita of Italian Studies
Tuesday, April 4, 2023 "Black Paris, A Century On: Writing Race and Gender in the French Capital," presented by Dawn Fulton, Professor of French Studies
Monday, May 1, 2023 End of year evening dinner 



Officers 2022–23

President: Justina Gregory
Vice-President: Suzan Edwards
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