– Retired faculty join TURFA –

Dan Forester

Dan Forester

After some four decades, Don Forester left the classroom, but the “frogman” and professor emeritus of biological sciences never really left Towson University far behind.

He and about 60 former professors, instructors and librarians stay connected to TU as members of the Towson University Retired Faculty Association (TURFA). Since 2015, this voluntary, nonprofit association has kept retired tigers tied to the university long after they have stopped lecturing, grading finals or posting to Blackboard.

Forester was TURFA’s first president and is now serving a one-year term as past-president. He calls it the “perfect venue to keep in touch with retired colleagues and to participate in programs and activities of our vibrant institution.’

Members volunteer on campus within their respective departments or colleges, he adds. Working through TURFA, Carolyn Hill, professor emerita of English, organized a writing group so participants could receive feedback from their peers.

Forester coordinates courses and research at TU’s Field Station, a 223-acre outdoor laboratory in northern Baltimore County and notes that he and many of his retired colleagues “continue to publish papers in [their] areas of expertise.”    

Retired faculty also meet for planetarium shows, athletic and cultural events, and receive discounted tickets to campus events among other benefits.

A Scholarship Committee hopes to fund grants for academic pursuits of members.

“ I am proud of my contribution to the evolution and maturation of Towson
University, and I look forward to maintaining my affiliation with the institution as long as I am on the green side of the grass,” Forester says with a wink.