Retiring faculty who have had a significant role in departmental activities may be considered for the formal Emeritus Faculty title. The chair decides whether a retiring faculty member has earned emeritus status. If so, the chair must propose appointment to the emeritus rank by recommending emeritus appointment to the Dean.
For the department, the advantages of maintaining a group of emeritus faculty are: continuing contact for mentoring, teaching, research, or other departmental activities; maintaining faculty contact for personal donations and help with development; and having emeritus faculty available for advice to students, residents, junior faculty as it may be appropriate.
The provision of office space, clerical assistance, or financial support to active emeritus faculty is sometimes provided by departments, but is dependent on the department's capabilities.