Supplemental Titles

Supplemental titles are used for special faculty appointments that fall outside the standard categories.

Supplemental appointments are made under the same criteria as appointments in the regular tracks. For example, the criteria for a Visiting or Adjunct Research Associate Professor are the same as for an Research Associate Professor in the Research Track. The recommendation packet has the same documents, and the approval procedure is the same.

No Appointment Activity Record (AAR) is required for any supplemental appointment.

Visiting Faculty

This title may be used in conjunction with all track titles.

  • Appointees to this title must have employment responsibilities with another institution of higher education and are usually on leave from that institution (e.g. a professor from UCSF who is here for a 6-month sabbatical).
  • Appointees may be full-time, with a maximum length of appointment of 1 year or less.

Written requests to extend appointments beyond 1 year may be granted under unusual circumstances. Requests must specify what contributions the visiting faculty member has made, why an extension is needed, and what provisions are being made for allocation of space and for payment of any salary.

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. 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) →


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.

Who is eligible for emeritus status?

Faculty members who have played a significant role in departmental activities are eligible for appointment to emeritus status in the university. The chair of the department makes this determination and proposes the faculty member for emeritus status. Emeritus status requires approval by the Regents and is not automatic upon retirement.

How is appointment as emeritus status done?

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.

What are the pros and cons of appointment to emeritus status?

The primary advantage of emeritus status is that the retired faculty member has the opportunity to continue to participate in teaching, mentoring, research, and other activities of the medical school. Some of these activities are specific to the department and arranged by the chair or program directors. Other activities are organized through the Medical School Emeritus Faculty Program. Emeritus faculty are invited to the emeritus dinner sponsored by MCAS annually. There really are no negative aspects to being appointed to emeritus status. (The development office will solicit your help from time to time whether you are emeritus status or not.) 

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 ($179/year starting 7/1/18-6/30/19 vs. $751/year for other employees). 

If an active emeritus wishes to purchase a gold parking pass, they would need a letter from a Dean or Head of HR stating a business need for the pass to be submitted each May to for a discounted rate.  

Any retired faculty or staff member is eligible for a free “After Hours Permit” that is good after 3pm Monday through Friday and anytime on Saturday and Sundays.  You are unable to hold a retiree parking pass and a blue pass simultaneously. 

Is an active emeritus faculty member considered an active or a retired employee as far as HR benefits are concerned?

Once you retire, your department will decide whether to recognize you as emeritus. If you want to continue to do research, or teach, or see patients, then you need "active" emeritus status, which your chair can put through the Executive Board. Then it goes before the Regents for approval. So, "active" emeritus is a title, but you are still retired. Therefore, you would receive retiree benefits through HR.

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? 

Yes, you will always maintain your email address.  If you are Emeritus faculty within the Medical School, you will maintain your email access if you have an active appointment as per this policy for emeritus status.  Alternatively, if your appointment does not adhere to the policy, then you may get an email account if an authorized signer in your department sponsors you.

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

Yes. Faculty who retire with the status of emeritus or emerita continue with their library privileges unchanged.  Emeritus faculty library borrowing privileges are automatically renewed every year, as well as access to online library resources. Get more information on library services for retired faculty →

Where can I learn more on phased retirement, furlough, and income options for retirement?

Get more information on the HR Benefits website.