Photo: From left to right, Walt Butcher, Paul and Alice Schroeder, Jim Short.
An estimated 100 retired faculty live in Pullman and continue their involvement in academic activities, according to Tom Brigham, executive assistant to the president for faculty relations.
Brigham recently coordinated a planning meeting (see related article) with the goal of creating an Emeritus Society to meet the needs of retired faculty who want to maintain an academic connection with the university.
Brigham noted that dozens of other universities have similar emeritus faculty organizations that have proven valuable for both the faculty and the institutions.
Here are comments from several retired faculty about the role of the planned Emeritus Society:
•Alice and Paul Schroeder both retired in 2001. Alice, formerly an associate professor of genetics, and Paul, formerly a professor of zoology, volunteered to join the organizing committee for WSU’s Emeritus Society.
“We need a systematic way to work with faculty who want to continue to help,” Alice said.
“Maintaining contact with the university was one reason we stayed in Pullman after retirement,” said Paul.