EMERITUS/EMERITA PROFESSOR POLICY
(Proposal 10-98) (Proposal 20-02)
Senate Policy 703.1
The Senate recommends the adoption of the following University policy and procedures that deal with the appointment and perquisites of faculty members holding emeritus/emerita rank.
1. Emeritus/Emerita faculty status is an honorary rank awarded to a retired faculty member who has served Michigan Technological University with distinction for at least 10 years of full-time employment. Independent of their previous positions, all emeriti/emeritae have the same rank, Professor Emeritus/Emerita, except that the retired faculty member may elect to retain the title at which they retired.
2. The retiree's department/school, through a procedure defined in its charter, shall make a recommendation for the Emeritus/Emerita status to the President for presentation to the Board of Control. This procedure, which shall include approval by department/school faculty and an appeal system, may be initiated by the retiree or his/her department/school. New emeriti/emeritae will be given public recognition and an honorary certificate at a ceremony during the nearest appropriate public ceremony.
3. All emeriti/emeritae shall be granted the following privileges:
- Identification card as an emeritus/emerita faculty member.
- An e-mail address, a mail address and departmental mailbox (if desired).
- Continuing notification after retirement about all important developments or changes affecting their interests or relations with Michigan Tech or the parent department/school.
- Listing with the faculty in all catalogues.
- Listing with the faculty in all appropriate campus and departmental directories and databases.
- Invited participation in public ceremonies, such as commencement, academic procession, convocation, and others.
- Invited attendance at faculty meetings (the University level).
- Eligibility to all University or college functions open to the faculty.
- Invitation to participate in appropriate campus and departmental seminars, colloquia, lectures, and other scholarly meetings as both audience and contributors.
- Permanent parking privileges.
- Receipt of all campus publications and sources of information (printed or electronic versions), including advance notice of events.
- Full faculty library privileges.
- Full faculty privileges in using campus recreational and social facilities (such as SDC, MUB, etc.) and access to all cultural and social events restricted to the MTU community.
- Eligibility for active emeriti/emeritae to be granted the graduate faculty status.
- Eligibility for appointment or election to University, College/School, Departmental and Senate committees.
- Provision for the establishment of an association of emeriti/emeritae.
- Access to campus facilities by the emeritus/emerita association for meetings and reunions.
- Non-voting representation of the emeritus/emerita association on the University Senate.
4. Emeriti/emeritae are eligible to be recommended by their departments/schools for the following activities:
- Invited attendance at faculty meetings (the departmental level).
- Adequate office space and telephone service.
- Access to computer services.
- Access to secretarial assistance, stationery and supplies for professional use.
- Faculty mailing privileges.
- Selective invitation to participate on departmental committees, with specified voting privileges.
- Priority status in departmental part-time teaching.
- The opportunity for active emeriti/emeritae to receive institutional support for proposals submitted to funding agencies.
- Eligibility to administer grants, contracts and other research projects funded by governmental agencies, foundations, and gifts.
- Eligibility to supervise the masters and doctoral degrees, and to serve on appropriate advisory and examining committees.
- Eligibility to receive help in defraying travel and other costs incurred in presenting papers or chairing sessions at professional meetings.
5. Existing emeritus/emerita faculty titles shall be changed to the rank of Professor Emeritus or Professor Emerita, except that the emeritus/emerita faculty may elect to retain the title at which they retired.
Adopted by Senate: 16 December 1998
Approved by Administration: 23 April 1999
Adopted by Senate: 13 March 2002
Approved by Administration: 31 March 2002