Emeritus Status

Faculty member speaking at Medical School event

Retiring faculty who have had a significant role in departmental activities may be considered for the formal Emeritus Faculty title. 

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) →


During the retirement process, the University will provide abundant information on benefits, activities, use of University facilities, and more. 

However, you will not receive much information regarding participation in Medical School and Hospital activities after retirement.

How is appointment as emeritus status done?

The chair decides whether or not to propose a retiring faculty member for emeritus status. The chair (and the departmental administrator) prepares a dossier proposing the retiring faculty member for emeritus status. This nomination is forwarded to the Dean of the Medical School. If approved by the dean's office, it is forwarded to the Regents for approval.

Where can I find information on my retirement benefits?

The Benefits Administration Office has put together a list of questions and answers for those considering retirement. Download a PDF of resources → or learn more from this video about planning for health care as a University of Michigan retiree. You can also attend events on the topic sponsored by Faculty Development by checking the Faculty Development Workshops page. 

If you have additional questions about your retirement benefits, you can call the SSC Contact Center at 5-2000 from the Ann Arbor campus, (734) 615-2000 locally, or (866) 647-7657 toll free, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Retirement eligibility changes begin January 1, 2021 

Two changes in how U-M contributes to retiree health benefits will become effective Jan. 1, 2021. If you’re considering retirement in the next few years or planning for it, factor this information into your budgeting process.

These changes impact faculty and staff who will retire in 2021 or later. They are part of a series of gradual adjustments that began in 2013 to support the long-term sustainability of U-M’s benefits programs.

For more information:  Visit the HR website.

What about credentialing and privileging?

Observing, teaching or participating in a clinical setting may require certain clinical privileges. Consult with your Chair regarding the process.

How is parking handled for emeritus faculty?

If an active emeritus is in need of a parking pass because they are still working at the university (for unpaid work) they would need a letter from their Chair/Division Chief/Department indicating a parking pass would be necessary.  They would  then be able to purchase a blue pass from Parking Services at a discounted rate.

What is active emeritus status? 

Once you retire, your department will decide whether to recognize you as emeritus. If you want to continue to do research, teach, or see patients, then you need "active" emeritus status.  As an active emeritus, you are still retired but allowed to work.  

I am emeritus but I am still being paid a percentage of my FTE on my grant. Are my benefits "retirement" benefits?

You are retired, therefore would receive retirement benefits no matter your FTE status on a grant or grants.

Will I still be able to use my University of Michigan email account when I retire? 

As a retiree you will have the option to maintain your @umich.edu email address.  If you have active emeritus status, your primary department is responsible for yearly account renewal by an authorized signer.   

Will I still have access to online journals when I retire?

Yes. Emeritus faculty maintain their library privileges. Get more information on library services for retired faculty →