"All persons who hold the title of professor emeritus in accordance
with the statutes of Columbia University are eligible, as well as
retired tenured professors, researchers, and administrators . . ."


About Us

EPIC Office
EPIC Officers and Steering Committee
Becoming a Member
Benefits of Membership
Charter of EPIC

EPIC Office

Faculty House C-104
64 Morningside Drive MC 2303
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027
Tel: (212) 854-8083

EPIC Officers and Steering Committee


President: Douglas A. Chalmers, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Secretary: Lalla R. Grimes, Administrator, Retired, Department of Physics

Steering Committee:

Volker Berghahn, Seth Low Professor Emeritus of History

Barbara Black, George Welwood Murray Professor Emerita of Legal History; Dean Emerita, Law School

Paul D. Carter, Senior Adviser to the President, Retired, Office of the President

W. Louis Cleveland, Rsearch Scientist, Retired, Medicine

Allen I. Hyman, Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology

Maristella de Panizza Lorch, Professor Emerita of Italian, Barnard College; Founder and Director Emerita, Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America

Chauncy G. Olinger, Jr., Chair, University Seminar on the History of Columbia University

Richard N. Pierson, Professor of Clinical Medicine

Frances Pritchett, Professor Emerita of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies

Michael Rosenthal, Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature

Mischa Schwartz, Charles Batchelor Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering

Margaret Jo Shepherd, Professoer Emerita of Education, Curriculum and Teaching, Teachers College

Jeanne M. Stellman, Professor Emerita of Clinical Health Policy and Management 

Seymour Topping, San Paolo Professor Emeritus of International Journalism 


Kay Achar 

Becoming a Member

All persons who hold the title of professor emeritus in accordance with the statutes of Columbia University are eligible, as well as retired professors, researchers, and administrators who have participated significantly in academic programs. Applications should be sent to the EPIC office with a brief resume of your Columbia career together with payment of the annual tax-deductible dues. The check should be made out to Columbia University-EPIC. The applicant will receive a letter of confirmation and a form requesting contact information to be posted on the Web site in the Directory of Fellows.

Benefits of Membership

Dues-paying members are listed in the Directory of Fellows
with individual contact information as approved by the member. This
facilitates the exchange of information, research materials, and other
scholarly works. Fellows have the exclusive right to make postings on
this Web site. These can include such postings as announcements of new
books, requests for collaboration in research or availability for pro
bono mentoring and lecture services, letters and commentaries on
education, and the state of the University. Postings are sent by e-mail
or postal service to the EPIC office for editing and publication.
Guidelines for the postings can be found at the pertinent link.

Charter of EPIC,
The Fellowship Of Emeritus Professors In Columbia

We, members of the faculties of Columbia University, who have achieved the status of emeritus professor, adopt this Charter to serve in the creation of a fellowship of retired tenured academics, researchers, and administrators of Columbia University to be known and recognized as EPIC.

Formation of this fellowship signifies our shared commitment to
Columbia University and its goals. As teachers, researchers, and
administrators we have guided generations of students in the enriching
process of their education. EPIC constitutes a renewed pledge of
loyalty to that calling to which all of us have devoted major parts of
our lives. It is also at the foundation of our continuing relation to
the University and readiness to provide continuing services where
appropriate in furtherance of our common purpose.

ARTICLE I — Founding and Origin of the Organization

At the instance of Professor Emeritus of Physics Samuel Devons, a group
of professors emeriti of Columbia University met on a number of
occasions, beginning with a large conference at the Faculty House of
Columbia University on Columbus Day 1998 and several times during 1999,
notably on September 24, when emeriti met with President George Rupp at
the Faculty House and then adjourned to Arden House to plan the future
role and activities of a fellowship of emeriti. At Arden House a
proposal was adopted to give formal standing to the fellowship through
adoption of a charter that would provide recognition within the
University community. The name agreed upon for this fellowship was
Emeritus Professors In Columbia (EPIC). A working draft of this Charter
was adopted by a majority vote of the Emeritus Professors In Columbia
on the 25th day of January 2000. Under the leadership of its founder,
Samuel Devons, a program of scholarly lectures and social activities
was conducted over the next years. At the 2004 annual meeting at
Faculty House, new officers were elected. By acclamation, Samuel Devons
was named and elected Founder and President Emeritus. Seymour Topping,
SanPaolo Professor Emeritus of International Journalism, the former
managing editor of The New York Times and Administrator of the Pulitzer
Prizes at Columbia, was elected President. Professor Maristella Lorch,
founding Director Emerita of the Italian Academy, was elected Vice
President from the Morningside campus and Joseph A. Buda, Clinical
Professor of Surgery Emeritus, was elected Vice President from the
Health Sciences campus. James W. Kuhn, Courtney C. Brown Professor
Emeritus of Business was elected Secretary/Treasurer. Elected to the
Steering Committee were Professors Emeriti Henry F. Graff, Robert L.
Belknap, Myron Winick, and Paul D. Carter, a former senior
administrator in the Office of the President. Addressing the meeting,
Henry Pinkham, Arts and Sciences Associate Vice President for Graduate
Education and Research, rendered recognition of EPIC as a part of
Columbia University and pledged cooperation. Meeting on the 13th day of
January, the Steering Committee by unanimous vote amended the Charter
in keeping with current needs and programs of the fellowship.

ARTICLE II — Purposes of the Fellowship

To establish and maintain a social and professional association of
persons who share the common experience of long academic careers as
members of the University, and a profound commitment to their cultural,
scientific, or professional fields. In their commitment to the
University they also see an opportunity for the fellowship to provide
further service to the University whenever their backgrounds as former
professors, researchers, or administrators of the University render
them suitable. Such contributions to the University could include
service as mentors to incoming junior or visiting faculty and students,
special lectureships as may be appropriate in keeping with University
practices, availability as expert consultants to the media, and service
to the community at large on behalf of the University.

To serve as a channel of communication between the members of EPIC,
individually or collectively, and the administration of Columbia
University. Such communication may involve matters affecting health
insurance issues and the utilization of teaching and research
experience. This service would be offered in compliance with University
statutes and practices without derogation of any other available
communication between members of EPIC and the University.

ARTICLE III — Membership

SECTION 1. The following shall be eligible, subject to an examination of credentials by the Membership Committee:

  1. All persons who hold the title of professor emeritus in accordance with the statutes of Columbia University.
  2. Retired
    tenured professors and researchers as well as administrators of
    Columbia University and its affiliated institutions, Barnard College
    and Teachers College, who request membership and who have been involved
    with academic programs.

Dues. The Steering Committee each year shall determine the annual
membership dues required to fulfill budgetary requirements. Only
dues-paying members shall be entitled to EPIC privileges and listed in
the directory of fellows.

ARTICLE IV — Officers

The officers of the fellowship shall be a President, two Vice
Presidents, one drawn from the Morningside campus and the other from
the Health Sciences campus, and a Secretary/Treasurer. The officers
shall be elected for a one-year term and shall continue to serve until
a successor is elected. Election shall be by vote at the annual meeting
or, at the discretion of the Steering Committee, by mail ballot. All
officers are eligible for reelection. The functions of the officers
shall be as prescribed by the most current issue of Robert's Rules of
Order, unless different duties are prescribed for such officers by the
vote of a majority at an annual meeting, or by mail vote.

ARTICLE V — Committees

SECTION 1. Steering Committee.
The principal committee of EPIC shall be the Steering Committee, which
shall consist of the officers of the fellowship and four additional
members to be elected at the annual meeting. It shall determine agendas
for the general meeting and any other meetings which it may deem
necessary to call to fulfill the purposes of the fellowship. The
Steering Committee shall act on behalf of EPIC between annual meetings,
unless instructed otherwise by the membership, and also as the
continuing liaison with the University administration. The Steering
Committee may create subcommittees and may delegate any of its powers,
functions, and duties as it finds appropriate. In the event of a
vacancy on the Steering Committee, a successor to serve for the
unexpired term shall be selected by the remaining members. The Steering
Committee shall meet at the beginning of each academic year to plan for
the general meeting and the conduct of business for the year.

SECTION 2. Membership Committee.
There shall be a membership committee, consisting of three fellows,
appointed by the Steering Committee. The committee shall rule on all
questions relating to eligibility for membership, subject to the
approval of the Steering Committee.

SECTION 3. Nominating Committee.
The Steering Committee shall appoint a Nominating Committee of three
members who shall nominate members of EPIC for election as officers and
as members of the Steering Committee. Nominations may also be made from
the floor or by mail. When there is more than one candidate for any
position, the election shall be by ballot. The terms of officers and of
members of the Steering Committee shall begin the first day of the
month following the annual meeting at which they were elected. The date
and place of meetings for the election of officers and for the vote on
any other issues shall be included in the announcement distributed at
least one month in advance.

SECTION 4. Records and Files of the Fellowship.
The files of EPIC, including address lists and membership information,
as well as minutes and agendas of meetings, and records of other
determinations by the Steering Committee or the membership, shall be
maintained by the Secretary/Treasurer and the Office Manager. Where
feasible, the files shall be stored in the EPIC Office presently
located in Faculty House.

ARTICLE VI — Amendments

The Charter may be amended by a two-thirds vote of all of the members
voting at a general meeting of the fellowship or voting by mail. Any
member may propose an amendment by submitting it in writing to the
Steering Committee which shall determine whether it is appropriate in
terms of the general purposes of the fellowship.