UNC’s Retired Faculty Association offers up answers to former university professors who are retired but still looking to stay professionally active. UNC's RFA aims to offer a chance for professors to extend their impact on the University.
“It’s been this way for us to help retired faculty maintain meaningful ties with the University,” said Donald Boulton, a former vice chancellor and dean of student affairs. “You keep on doing and writing and meeting and talking, and so this is a vehicle that we’ve set up to continue with the University if you so wish.”
Continuing ties with UNC means more for the RFA than just networking. Boulton said RFA, founded in 1986, currently has around 140 members. Not just an ornamental organization, the RFA has a vote on UNC’s faculty council. The RFA’s offices are housed in UNC’s Friday Center.
Robert Bruce, director of the Friday Center, said that the center effectively serves as the University’s outreach center in terms of making the University accessible to nontraditional students. Bruce said the vast experience of retired UNC faculty is an invaluable resource not just for the Friday Center, but the broader Chapel Hill community.
“This area specifically is growing so much in terms of the number of people who are retiring here," Bruce said. "We are one of the hot spots in the country. So think of what a group like this can bring not only to all the people moving to this area, but really to the entire community regardless of age.