emeritus professors

wise at VAXA.CIS.UWOSH.EDU wise at VAXA.CIS.UWOSH.EDU
Fri Oct 31 10:24:12 EST 1997


Dear Current and Future Emeriti,

        Some of you asked for a copy of responses regarding emeritus
professor status, so here it is.  My apologies to those of you who suscribe
to both PlantEd and the CUR lists as I am posting this to both.  

Bob

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        I really don't know what the university policy is about emeritus
professors at our intsitution.  I think this may vary according to each
department head.  Professors who want to continue working seem to be
accommodated, although they may have to share an office, and lab space.  It
probably depends on how prestigious the professor was and the clout he or
she has.  The really big guns can keep most of what they had in terms of
support and space for as long as they want it.  Most of the professors
emeriti in our department have either totally vanished (thier choice, I
think) or maintain only a shared office which they visit from time to time.


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        The University Faculty Handbook says: Appointment as Emeritus
Professor confers a number of privliges and benefits: professors emeriti
remain voting members of the University Faculty, retain listing in the
staff directory, receive free central campus parking permits and are
eligible to serve the University on boards and committees.  I note that not
all retirees become Professor Emeritus, it requires at least 10 years of
distinguished or meritorious service.  Keeping an office is generally
granted in most departments, but I don't know that it is written down. 
This is often not the same office--perhaps a shared one in a quiet part of
the building.  Maintaining a lab and research program is negotiated between
the chair of the department and the emeritus professor.  We have professors
who retired over 20 years ago and are still active in research.    With
forced retirement eliminated, the university administration is really
grappling with the end-of-career decisions.  Faculty who intend to remain
active in their 70's may not want to be emeritus at all. 

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        It is up to individual department to establish policies regarding
emeirtus faculty.  Nothing is guaranteed as far as space of any sort is
involved. We have about 10 or 12 emeritus faculty and only a few are ever
seen in the Dept.- not suprising considering that only 2 of them actually
have space (research space, but very little of it) in the Dept.  The only
real benefits are library privileges, computer access, parking permit (i
think), access to recreation building.  Active researchers are the only
ones who have wrangled any sort of space in the Dept. 

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        At our institution, anyone who retires can request Emeritus status.
The request is evaluated by our Rank and Tenure Committee--which recommends
then to the VCAA, like any other promotion/tenure request.  Emeritus
Professors (I think) can park on campus, use the library, have some
secretarial support.  However, we do not have enough  offices to allow for
keeping an office. 

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        If research active, we give them a smaller office an usually some
research space---they keep a mail box and do get some small
commodities/travel budget.

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        I can't find anything in our faculty manual about how this is
handled here at our institution.  I think it is pretty much left up to the
Department Chairs based on how much space they have available.  In our
department,  we have one emeritus prof. who keeps a desk and comes in
regularly. One other emeritus keeps an active mail box, but doesn't come in
often.  None of our emeriti have active lab space as we don;t have it
available.  Further, the quality of the office spece we make available is
variable depending on the needs of active faculty.  Emeriti enjoy access to
all general college facilities, the  fitness center and pool, the library,
etc. 

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        Our emeritus profs are invited to campus social events, but that's
about it.  We don't treat them as professional colleagues after retirement.

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        We provide emeritus faculty with offices, telephones, internet
access, and computers if they want such. For the most part they get all the
priviledges of a regular faculty member. This is negotiated on a case by
case basis, and each system campus may do it differently, but as of today,
this has been the rule for the last five years. When office space becomes a
crunch, they are expected to share offices. 

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MEMORANDUM

TO: SPARLIST, Bowling Green State University

FROM: Anthony Boccanfuso, Director - SPAR

RE: Guidelines for SPS by Retired Faculty

Guidelines for Sponsored Project Submissions by Retired Faculty 

Proposals for awards made directly to individuals which involve the
university neither as fiscal agent nor as a source of resources in addition
to the library privileges available to all retirees, are not to be
submitted for institutional review and approval. It is the retirees'
responsibility to insure that the award does not violate STRS guidelines. 

Retirees seeking sponsored project support which requires institutional
resources (e.g., an office, a personal computer or laboratory space,
mainframe computing privileges, tuition grants for graduate assistants) in
addition to the library privileges available to all retired faculty must
secure a commitment from the appropriate individual (chair/director,
college dean, or graduate dean) to provide the resources prior to the
submission of the proposal. The decision to make such commitments will be
based upon the centrality of the proposed project to the missions of the
department, college, and university as well as the availability of
resources. Given the significant limitations on space and related
resources, there is no guarantee that such commitments can be made. 

Although it may be possible to secure commitments from the chair/director
and college dean for office or laboratory space and from the graduate dean
for tuition grants for graduate assistants who would be supported by the
grant, institutional cost sharing should neither be expected nor sought on
salary, fringe benefits, equipment, supplies, and indirect costs. 

At the time a proposal is submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs and
Research for review and approval, a signed Bowling Green State University
Memorandum of Understanding for Retired Faculty Who Submit Proposals for
Sponsored Projects (see attached) must be appended. In the event that any
BGSU resources (e.g., an office, a personal computer or laboratory space,
mainframe computing privileges, tuition grants for graduate assistants) in
addition to the library privileges available to all retired faculty, are
either required to complete the project or are shown in the proposal as
institutional cost sharing, these must be fully specified in a separate
statement attached to the Statement of Understanding and be accompanied by
a letter of commitment from the unit that has agreed to provide the
resources. 

In the event a proposal is funded, the retired faculty member will sign
annual contracts with the university in accordance with the budgetary
provisions of the award and the limited service agreement. Total annual
salary received from the university by retirees (including SRP or other
teaching, consulting, and sponsored project activity) may not exceed the
salary earned in the last year prior to retirement. The university will not
supplement out of institutional funds the salary retirees receive from
sponsored projects for project-related work, nor will the university pay
the salary retirees receive from the project when it expires. 

In accordance with STRS guidelines, retirees may not be employed by the
university in any capacity (including work on a sponsored project) during
first 2 months of service retirement. Total annual salary received from the
university by retirees (including teaching, consulting, and grant activity)
may not exceed the salary earned in the last year prior to retirement. 

1. During the first 18 months of SRP participation 

In accordance with STRS guidelines, retirees who are participating in the
SRP may not have their SRP earnings supplemented out of sponsored project
funds during the first 18 months of SRP participation. However, with prior
approval of the chair/director and dean, retirees may have all or part of
their SRP teaching responsibilities bought out with sponsored project funds
during this period. 

2. During the second 18 months of SRP participation 

During the second 18 months of SRP participation there are two options. (1)
With prior approval of the chair/director and the college dean, retirees
may have all or part of their SRP teaching responsibilities bought out with
sponsored project funds. (2) Retirees may continue performing SRP teaching
responsibilities and accrue earnings from the sponsored project as long as
the total annual salary received from the university (including SRP
teaching, consulting, and sponsored project activity) does not exceed the
salary earned in the last year prior to retirement. [The rate of payment is
also limited; retirees may not receive full payment for SRP and
simultaneously be paid for sponsored project activities.] 

3. After completion of SRP participation 

Total annual salary received from the university by retirees who have
completed participation in the SRP (including teaching, consulting, and
sponsored project activity) may not exceed the salary earned in the last
year prior to retirement. 

Fall 1994 BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING FOR
RETIRED FACULTY WHO SUBMIT PROPOSALS FOR SPONSORED PROJECTS 

In consideration of the mutual covenants and terms and conditions
hereinafter stated, the University and Retired Faculty Member agree as
follows: 

1. In submitting a proposal for external sponsored project support, retired
faculty agree to abide by the regulations of the appropriate Ohio
retirement system, the Supplemental Retirement Program provisions approved
by the BGSU Board of Trustees (as applicable), and the Guidelines for
Sponsored Project Submissions by Retired Faculty. 

2. In the event funding is received for the proposed sponsored project,
this agreement will go into effect on the official starting date of the
project and will terminate on the official ending date of the sponsored
project. It is expressly agreed that the University will not extend the
contract out of institutional funds when the sponsored project terminates. 

3. The retired faculty member will sign a separate contract for each yearly
period covered by the sponsored project award. If the retired faculty
member is unable to perform or fails to perform the services specified in
the sponsored project application, the award salary payments will not
continue. The University will either seek to have the faculty member
replaced with another investigator or seek to have the sponsored project
award terminated. 

4. The attached statement lists any and all BGSU resources (e.g., an
office, a personal computer or laboratory space, mainframe computing
privileges, tuition grants for graduate assistants) in addition to the
library privileges available to all retired faculty, needed to complete the
proposed project and includes the signature of the individual
(chair/director, college dean, or graduate dean) who has agreed to provide
the resources listed. 

I agree to abide by the provisions the Guidelines for Sponsored Project
Submissions by Retired Faculty and this Statement of Understanding in the
event the proposal receives funding. 

Signature of Retired Faculty Member ___________________________ Date __________







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