UI faculty or staff retirees, and any spouse or domestic partner of a retired or deceased faculty or staff member, is eligible to join UIRA.  Dues are $10 for each person each year or $25 per person for three years.  Members whose dues expire on June 30 will be sent an e-mail reminder in May.  As of April 2021, UIRA had 620 members representing 487 households.  New members and renewals can use this handy PDF iconmembership form.


The purpose of this association is to facilitate support of the University of Iowa by retired faculty and staff members and to promote the interests and welfare of those retirees. We strive to help retired members of the University and their spouses, widows, widowers, or domestic partners keep in touch with each other and with the social and intellectual life of the University. 


Programs are offered monthly September through June, including a picnic in June and an annual banquet in April. See Programs and Events for a full list of programs offered.  Other examples include:

  • Discussions of University programs
  • Local cultural and civic activities
  • Tours of University buildings
  • A yearly presentation by Staff Benefits on health insurance options for retirees
  • UIRA's annual flu shot clinic


Any former faculty or staff member who has retired from The University of Iowa and his/her spouse or domestic partner may become a member of UIRA. Any spouse, widow, widower, or domestic partner of a faculty or staff member who died while still employed by the University may become a member of UIRA.
Associate Membership (non-voting, non-office holding) is open to those who have present or previous ties to the University. Individuals may become members upon submission of the PDF iconmembership form and payment of dues of $10. Dues cover The Gray Hawk Newsletter, mailings, printing, and other expenses.
A member may terminate by written notice to the treasurer of UIRA or by non-payment of dues.

A History of the UIRA: 1995-2015

An anonymous gift of $1,000, a boost from the UI Foundation and a band of determined retirees led to the formation in 1995 of the UI Retirees Association.  From the outset, UIRA leadership, with Arthur Canter as first president, welcomed into its membership both staff and faculty.  Through the efforts of Jean Hood (UIRA president 2010-11) and assistance from Ken Starck (UIRA president 2014-15) and Jennifer Dybicz (intern), the association has compiled this history in observance of its 20th anniversary. PDF iconUIRA History 1995-2015.pdf