Great question! At University of New Hampshire, as per our graduate faculty by-laws “5. Emeriti faculty may with the recommendation of the graduate program and with
the approval of the Graduate Dean continue to serve on master’s or doctoral
student committees and further, may upon the recommendation of the graduate
program and with approval of the Graduate Dean serve as the advisor and/or chair
committees of students if they continue an active research program at the
We allow our retired faculty to continue to serve on a committee, but not chair it. Their graduate faculty status is active for 5 years. As long as that timeframe has not expired, we will approve them to serve on the committee. Once it’s expired, they would have to be readmitted to graduate faculty status, per the unit’s requirements. If it expires, they would be treated as an external member and would not count as one of the 3 graduate faculty from ECU that we require.