The San José State University Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association (SJSU ERFA) collection (1950-2014), formerly known
as San José State University Emeritus Faculty Association, documents the activities of this organization of emeritus and retired
faculty members. Materials include minutes, correspondence, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and membership lists.
The San José State University (SJSU) Emeritus Faculty Association (EFA) was established in 1986 with the purpose of helping
retired faculty members stay connected to and informed of the University’s activities. By September 1986, EFA began with more
than 170 charter members. Although the Association’s name has since changed to Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association (ERFA)
in order to honor retired faculty who had not received emeritus status, it remains dedicated to preserving connections for
all retired faculty members. According to ERFA’s Constitution and by-laws, these connections are maintained by providing ways
for retired faculty members to participate in campus activities: securing and enhancing their rights and privileges as former
faculty; encouraging their professional work and facilitating their presences on campus; and creating social, recreational,
and educational programs. These goals have been guided by ERFA’s newsletter, excursions, and luncheons. The SJSU Academic
Senate recognizes that work of the Association, with a member of the organization serving as a representative to the Senate
and the Curriculum and Research Committee. As of 2014, the Association’s membership included more than 300 people who have
taught in all of SJSU’s academic disciplines. In 2015, ERFA’s Executive Board members were President Jo Bell Whitlatch; Vice
President Nancie Fimbel; Secretary Dennis Wilcox; Treasurer Abdel El-Shaieb; Members at Large Marian Yoder, Bill McCraw, and
Carmen Sigler; Academic Senate Peter Buzanski; and Past President Joan Merdinger.
(7 linear feet)
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