Eligibility & Appointment

Emeritus Status

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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.

Review the Standard Practice Guide Policy on Emeritus/Emerita Titles (SPG 201.80) →

Joining the Emeritus Faculty Program at U-M Medical School

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All Emeritus Faculty are automatically enrolled in the Emeritus Faculty Program, a group that is independent of the emeritus status appointment process. To express an interest in participating in opportunities that might arise, you need to register.

To register, please complete this form →

Emeritus faculty registered with the Medical School Emeritus Faculty Program will have access to office space, clerical support, and University systems without relying on the parent department to provide these.

Observing, teaching or continuing to participate in a clinical setting may require certain clinical privileges. Consult with your chair on the credentialing process.