The UVM Retired Faculty and Administrative Officers (RFAO) Organization is a long-established organization on campus with focus upon issues and concerns to the 500+ retired faculty and administrative officers.  The RFAO represents the interests of retired faculty and administrative officers on campus and provides relevant and important information to RFAO members.

About the RFAO:


The UVM Retired Faculty and Administrative Officers Organization aspires to enhance the contact between members and current faculty and administrative officers to maximize the wellbeing and educational experiences of all members of the UVM community.


The UVM Retired Faculty and Administrative Officers provides a variety of services that enrich the lives of its members and benefit the university and the greater community.

RFAO Goals:

  • To provide a wide range of activities, including educational, informational, cultural, social, and volunteer opportunities
  • To monitor and share information on benefits affecting health and life style choices
  • To advance all modes of communication with its members, the university, and the greater community
  • To assist the University of Vermont in accomplishing its mission and goals


Retired faculty and administrative officers are automatically, upon their official date of retirement, members of the UVM-RFAO. RFAO members are also automatically included in the RFAO listserv from which UVM communications and communications from the RFAO are regularly sent.

We encourage all retired faculty and administrative officers to participate in UVM-RFAO activities, so as to maintain and enrich interactions with colleagues who have worked together for many years, as well as to stay connected to UVM.

Current RFAO President:

Professor Emeritus
Michael Gurdon (email link)

The Executive Board invites all RFAO members to send comments, suggestions, and raise issues to the Board. Contact the President or any RFAO Executive Board member (see menu for members & emails).

Retired Scholars Award Program for 2022-2023

Applications for awards for the academic year 2022-2023 are now being received.  Deadline for submission: 10/21/2022.  

For details, go to the Provost's Retired Scholars Award (web page).

RFAO Members, UVM and COVID-19 Updates

UVM provides updated information about COVID-19 and the University response. Information can be found at UVM Forward.

Current RFAO Executive Board Activities

Your Executive Board meets monthly except in June and July and is involved in the following activities:

  • Working with UVM officials on matters such as health care insurance and other post-retirement benefits
  • Maintaining our website and an RFAO listserv to keep members up-to-date on Executive Board activities
  • Hosting annual fall and spring luncheons with a guest speaker
  • Administering the UVM Retired Scholars Award Program
  • Working with the UVM Foundation
  • Involvement in the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE)


The RFAO established the RFAO-FORUM listserv that is a bidirectional forum for communication among RFAO members. The RFAO-FORUM is separate from the UVM-RFAO listserv, which is unidirectional providing UVM & RFAO announcements to members. The RFAO-FORUM is a means for RFAO members to communicate and converse with other RFAO members.

To join the RFAO-FORUM, send an email and include the following text in the body of the message:
subscribe RFAO-FORUM first_name last_name
After sending the email, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to activate your subscription.

To post to the RFAO-FORUM, send your message to the RFAO-FORUM listserv using the same email address that you used to join the listserv.

UVM Retired Scholars Award Program

The Office of the Provost in conjunction with the Executive Board of the RFAO have made the following awards for 2022 to:

  • Howard Ball (Professor Emeritus of Political Science).  Research project "Two Conflicting Views About the Treatment of America's Hyphenated - Americans and Radical Labor Unions, 1900 - 1920"
  • Christina Melvin (Clinical Associate Professor Emerita of Nursing). Creation of two videos using standardized patients in scenario settings to alert healthcare providers and students to the identification of potential human trafficking victims.
  • Kathleen Schneider (Professor Emerita of Art). Production of a series of four fine art screen prints titled "Heart Break Portfolio" tobe shown at a Warsaw, Poland gallery, June - September 2022.
  • Angela Patten (Senior Lecturer Emerita of English). Travel to Wells Cathedral, England to research and observe one of the oldest existing medieval astronomical clocks with the goal of creating an original series of poems.  
  • Carolyn Elliott (Professor Emerita of Political Science). Preparation of a book for publication (Politics in Undivided Andhra Pradesh), including retyping the edited anthology of articles into a uniform script as well as permission fees.

For details about the UVM Retired Scholars Award Program, go to the Provost's website.