Members of the Scientific Staff are eligible for Emeritus status upon retirement. Emeritus status continues the individual's association with the Institution's community of scholars, but implies no other commitment. The appointment file consists of the curriculum vitae, a research statement, a recommendation from the Department Chair or Center Director, and letters from at least three Institution scientists who anticipate continuing association with the candidate. The file is forwarded to the Director of Research for review. At the discretion of the Director of Research, the file may be distributed to the Department Chairs, Vice President for Academic Programs and/or Vice President for Marine Operations for comment. The Director of Research makes the final decision, and a list of Scientist Emeritus appointments is forwarded to the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees for information.
A Scientist Emeritus who wishes to continue doing research and mentoring staff at WHOI, is eligible for some support from the Institution. He or she may continue to submit proposals and receive the assistance of department staff in accordance with normal department procedures. The support could also include a small amount of overhead funds for general purpose costs. (See Guidelines for Obtaining Overhead Support for Scientist Emeritus).
Institution support for a Scientist Emeritus may also include providing space for continued research, either the laboratory or office occupied prior to retirement or other space available in the department. A small committee composed of the Department Chair or Center Director and 2 other members of the department will review the need for space every three years.
Revised: Laurence P. Madin, July 2007