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Proposed change in MSU Emeritus Policy: Faculty Handbook

November 16, 2010

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Faculty Senate has approved a new Emeritus policy to solve several problems with earlier ad hoc approaches to Emeritus decisions. The policy voted on by Faculty Senate in 2009 requires only that a faculty member retire in good standing to be eligible for Emeritus Status, however, the terms of the process that would allow a retiring faculty member to request the Emeritus designation proved confusing, leaving unclear that the necessary first step requires department heads to generate the initial nomination letter. To deal with these confusions, the policy has been amended and has received initial approval by Faculty Senate.

The amended Policy is still governed by Regents Policy on emeritus titles, which says, the "President shall make his recommendation for emeritus status to the Board of Regents."

Wording of the new policy, voted on by Faculty Senate on Nov. 4:

It is incumbent upon qualified faculty members to notify their department head of their desire to be nominated for emeritus status. The request may be made up to six months prior to the expected retirement, but not more than three years after retirement. The department head will prepare the letter of nomination and, as soon after the effective retirement date as possible, forward it through the Dean to the Provost for approval by the President and the Board of Regents, ideally in time for the next regularly scheduled Regents' Meeting. The policy applies to those who have retired since May 1, 2009.

For more information, contact Marvin Lansverk at lansverk@english.montana.edu or Larry Carucci at lamaca@montana.edu.