Volunteer opportunities for retired faculty

The opportunities for members of the Retired Faculty Association to become involved is being expanded in large part due to the effort of RFA Volunteer Committee chaired by Pierre Mousset-Jones. In response to an inquiry sent to department chairs across campus, the following opportunities to become involved and support the university are available.

Please contact Pierre Mousset-Jones if you are interested in any of these opportunities.

Department of Electrical Engineering

Assist in the tutoring center within the college. Various hours are available.

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Need qualified instructors to teach CS 105 Introduction to Computing and possibly other courses.

Department of Mathematics:

Interested in retired faculty to cover classes for absent faculty, however, this would require a person qualified to teach the mathematics course.

Department of Family and Community Medicine

Assistance in reviewing grant applications and research guidance.

Department of Sociology

Interested in assistance in mentoring new faculty, mentoring graduate students and reviewing grant applications. Also, opportunity to teach selected classes is available.

Honors Program

Interested in having faculty readers of Honors senior theses (all majors) and proving research guidance, practices and workshops. The program is also interested in having retired faculty sit on review committees for nationally competitive fellowships. The Honors program is  open to retired faculty teaching sections of Honors classes.

Department of World Languages and Literatures

Need retired faculty to mentor new faculty and act as an informal mentor to graduate students by providing research guidance and practices. Also interested in having retired faculty teach selected classes by invitation and to cover classes for absent faculty members.

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Seeking anyone with a background or interest in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Sanford Center for the Aging

The center has recently launched or are in the process of launching three signature volunteer programs under the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program umbrella and are interested in guidance and advice for:

  • Art Partners: an on campus program designed to enhance social connectedness among elders through pairing older adults with community volunteers and students for special art partners events. For example, at the end of April we toured the "Tree Lines" exhibit on view at the University Galleries and then borrowed golf carts and went on a campus wide arboretum tour led by an arborist.
  • Idlewild Health Walks: Our Idlewild Health Walks, offered in partnership with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, are designed for people living with a form of dementia and their family care partners and are offered every Tuesday at Idlewild Park. Studies are showing that walking can be just as effective as any of the medications on the market to treat dementia and our walks celebrate the remaining strengths of participants and the beauty of our community. RSVP volunteers help co-lead the walks and contribute to a celebratory environment.  
  • Volunteer Transportation Program: We recently received a notice of award from the State of Nevada to launch a volunteer led transportation program in Washoe County. Volunteers will bring community members over the age of 60 with mobility concerns to opportunities for social engagement/volunteerism, doctor's appointments or health programs, or the grocery store. A volunteer could, for example, bring a retired faculty member to a RFA function.