Faculty Roles in the Emeritus College

Advisory Board / Committees / Programs / Service / Events / Awards / AROHE / Donations

Advisory Board

Twenty-five members of the Emeritus College faculty are chosen for two-year, once-renewable terms to advise the Director with respect to administrative and programmatic matters. Individuals interested in being considered for appointment to the Advisory Board should contact the Director (864-656-3990). The full Advisory Board meets in September, January, and April of each academic year. The five-member Executive Committee of the Advisory Board (Chair, Vice-Chair, Past Chair, Faculty Senate Liaison, and AROHE Representative) meets monthly to handle interim business of the Board.

For the full list of Advisory Board members, click here.

Standing Committees

Standing committees, task forces, and special assignments distribute the work of the College among a large number of emeritus faculty members. Spreading governance responsibility among many volunteers enables the College to keep individual assignments small and assure broad participation in College governance. Names and responsibilities of standing committees and standing special assignments are listed in this section and the next. Task forces and occasional special assignments are formed and discharged as needs dictate.

Executive Committee — Responsible for conducting the business of the Advisory Board between meetings

Awards — Responsible for developing screening tools for award recipients, for administering the screening process, and for proposing new awards as appropriate

Displays — Responsible for managing physical objects on display in the Emeritus College suite that demonstrate emeritus faculty creativity and scholarship

Language Skills — Responsible for Emeritus College and cooperative initiatives designed to improve speaking and writing skills of students and faculty, with emphasis on programs for those individuals for whom English is a second language

Member Benefits — Responsible for negotiating Emeritus College member benefits provided by the University administration as appropriate to maintain parity with benefits accorded to active faculty, and for publicizing benefits to College members

Member Programs — Responsible for continuing education programs for Emeritus College members that address content and issues of substance that are of general interest, including cooperative activities with other Clemson entities

Outreach — Responsible for developing and administering Emeritus College initiatives to share member expertise and experience beyond the university community

Policy and Strategic Planning — Responsible for proposing changes in operating policies or procedures as needed, and for drafting/editing any proposed amendments to the bylaws, including periodic updating of the Emeritus College strategic plan

Professional Skills — Responsible for Emeritus College and cooperative initiatives designed to prepare graduate and undergraduate students for various aspects of professional careers not explicitly addressed in their studies at Clemson

Standing Special Assignments
Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE) Representative  — Responsible for representing and publicizing the Clemson University Emeritus College nationally through AROHE publications and participation in AROHE events
Faculty Senate Liaison  — Responsible for coordinating Emeritus College responsibilities and initiatives with those of the Faculty Senate

Undergraduate Support — Responsible for EC and cooperative initiatives that are designed or developed for regular track and honors track undergraduate students.


The Emeritus College has a responsibility to its members to provide useful, interesting, and sometimes challenging programs that help every member maintain his or her intellectual edge, life skills, and understanding of societal trends. The details of those programs vary with time, but the following major categories represent permanent Emeritus College initiatives.

Seminars — Expert presentations designed to explore important topics either in breadth or depth

Workshops — Hands-on skill development or exploration, with emphasis on participation and feedback

Orange-Bag Lunches — Focused discussion centered on a topic of current interest or concern

Shared-Interest Clusters — Groups of faculty members who coalesce around a topic or technique of mutual interest and meet at the Emeritus College on their own schedule

Service to the University and Community

The ranks of emeritus faculty contain an enormous reservoir of collective wisdom, experience, and knowledge of potential value to students, active faculty, university administrators, and members of the larger community. Programs are initiated as needs and opportunities are identified. The focus is on programs where emeritus faculty have opportunities to contribute that capitalize on their particular expertise or experience. Areas of current emphasis are listed here, but these are not exclusive. The Emeritus College encourages proposals for worthwhile, emeritus-faculty-based service projects.

Language Skills — Administration of the Clemson English Speaking Proficiency (CESP) testing program and of the Conversations with International Students (CIS) program for international students needing, or wishing, to improve their oral communications skills

Emeritus Scholars — Management of disciplinary, or cross-disciplinary, collaborative scholarship endeavors between active and emeritus faculty members

Emeritus Recognition — Develop and administer the university’s program to recognize and honor retiring faculty members

Mentoring — Management of programs to enhance writing, speaking, and administrative skills of new faculty members and of graduate students contemplating academic careers

Student Retention — Development and administration of programs to assist underprepared students who wish to obtain the knowledge and skills required for success in college

University Service — Provide emeritus faculty representation and input to university and college committees and initiatives as requested

Community Service — Provide expert advice, information, lectures, and workshops to service clubs and other organizations as requested


The Emeritus College sponsors three major social-networking events each year, as well as various ad hoc smaller gatherings.

Fall Picnic — Scheduled near the beginning of the academic year to welcome emeritus faculty back from their summer travels, conduct the annual Emeritus College business meeting, and preview College programming for the upcoming academic year

Holiday Party — Purely social event held in a festive setting in early December

Emeritus Day — Scheduled in early May to welcome newly retiring faculty to the Emeritus College, obtain services and information from providers to emeritus faculty, present awards and scholarships, and enjoy a luncheon followed by a distinguished speaker


The Emeritus College awards program consists of three categories of awards and recognitions—for emeriti, for students, and for providers. Additional awards and recognitions may be authorized at any time by action of the Emeritus College Advisory Board. Here are the current awards and recognitions.

Distinguished Emeriti Award — Awarded annually to recognize an emeritus faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to the Emeritus College, Clemson University, the greater Clemson community, and to society

Undergraduate Scholarships — Awarded annually to Clemson University students having the highest grade-point averages that do not have other scholarship support

Emeritus Award for Community Service - This award was established by the Emeritus College Advisory Board to recognize emeritus faculty members who provide extraordinary service to the community or their professions outside the university and Emeritus College. The award will be presented in odd-numbered years.

Emeritus Award for Research and Scholarship - This award was established by the Emeritus College Advisory Board to recognize emeritus faculty members who continue to produce extraordinary research and scholarship, either in their discipline or in a new field. The award will be presented in even-numbered years.

Friend of the Emeritus College — An organization or individual recognized, with thanks, for providing valued service to the Emeritus College


The Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education, of which Clemson’s Emeritus College is a very active member, includes United States and Canadian higher education retirement organizations. Its purpose is to develop and enhance retirement organizations to serve their schools, individual retirees, and the wider community. AROHE is governed by an executive board, and a Clemson AROHE representative almost always serves as a member of that board. AROHE organizes a biennial conference in even-numbered years, held at a member institution. Members of Clemson’s Emeritus College are always active participants in these conferences.


Clemson provides the Emeritus College with funds for staff salaries and operating costs. The university also provides members of the emeritus faculty with substantial benefits. Service from Emeritus College staff, coupled with university-provided benefits enable emeriti to continue scholarly and other activities that they enjoyed as members of the active faculty. However, state restrictions prevent the College from spending university funds on scholarships and awards, catered functions for emeritus faculty, and some other essential activities of the College. This is where the College depends on donations from emeritus faculty. An annual average donation of $50 from 200 emeriti would adequately fund the CU Foundation. However with more, or larger, donations, the College could, for example, increase the amount awarded in undergraduate scholarships which is still an unrealized priority of the Advisory Board.

The easiest way to donate is to do it online with a credit card. If you’d like to do that, Giving to Clemson: Emeritus College will direct you to the donations page, where you are given three choices for your donation. The default designation is labeled Emeritus College General Fund. This selection deposits your donation to a fund which is immediately available for those Emeritus College expenses not allowed from university accounts. The next designation, labeled Kenelly-Voss Endowed Emeriti Fund deposits your donation to an endowment fund begun with a very large donation from John Kenelly, Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Sciences. For the endowment fund, the Emeritus College has unrestricted use of income generated by the fund, but only after the principal amounts to at least $25,000. Right now, the fund needs an additional $6,000 to become fully funded. The last designation, labeled Emeritus College Scholarship Fund for Excellence places your donation directly into our undergraduate scholarship fund.

If you prefer to make your donation with a personal check, you can mail or hand-deliver a check made out to Clemson University Foundation (with “Emeritus College” and your designation written in the memo line) to the following address:
Clemson University Emeritus College
511 Westinghouse Road
Pendleton, SC 29670