While emeritus status may carry a variety of meanings, a recent article explores efforts of colleges and universities across the United States to make emeritus status meaningful.
The article, co-authored by Roger Baldwin, MSU professor of higher, adult and lifelong education (HALE), and HALE graduate assistant Michael J. Zeig, examines initiatives to provide retired professors continued learning opportunities – including ways to remain productive and purposeful members of their academic communities.
Technology and life span may allow those who retire to continue their connection to intellectual life, colleagues and students, but most faculty have a fear of losing their core identity once they retire. The authors conducted a nationwide, web-based search for emeritus and retired-faculty organizations (RFOs). The search yielded 180 RFOs designed to support emeritus and retired faculty, the article states.
The full article, which appeared in Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, may be found here.