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University policies on faculty retirement and emeritus status may be found in the BU Faculty Handbook. As the policies note, “Emeritus status shall be based upon the recommendation of the faculty member’s department and dean.” Appointment at Emeritus Professor status therefore begins with a vote of the senior faculty in the department (tenured faculty at the rank or above of the retiring faculty member). The department then makes a recommendation to the Dean of CAS, to whom the President and Provost have delegated authority to approve recommendations for emeritus status.
Emeritus faculty members may serve as readers of GRS dissertations or on examination committees within two years of their retirement date without a special service appointment, as long as the faculty member is already acting as a reader or committee member at the point of retirement. A special service appointment is required from the third year after retirement, and is required for all situations where a faculty member was not working with a particular student prior to the faculty member’s retirement date. Faculty members are not eligible to serve as first readers where they were not acting in this capacity prior to retirement. The special service appointment form is available here.
Emeritus faculty members may, on occasion, be appointed to teach courses after retirement. An extension of service appointment form, which may be found here, must be completed and signed by the department Chair. Compensation is at the standard part-time per-course rate that applies in the department or program where the teaching will take place.