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MSU Faculty Emeriti Opportunities

This list of opportunities for emeriti faculty can be augmented as new possibilities become available. 

Featured Volunteer Opportunities

Musical Instrument Donation:

The Michigan State University College of Music Outreach and Engagement welcomes well loved and good condition musical instruments of all kinds: winds, brass, strings and percussion (pianos are not needed at this time.     Instruments are placed in the hands of young musicians who do not have the resources to purchase or rent their own instruments.   Instruments that are in good working condition are accepted at the office of the Community Music School.    For more information contact Rhonda Buckley, Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement 517-432-7371, or visit Thank you!

MSU Libraries, Special Collections:

The Special Collections of the MSU Libraries has a periodic need for volunteers to sort unique and important papers that have been donated.    Examples of this work include  sorting of comic art proof pages and   book restoration in the Wallace Conservation Lab.   Please contact Peter Berg at or visit for more information.

Period Clothing and Furniture/Prop Donations for Theatrical Use:

The Michigan State University Department of Theatre is always interested in receiving donations of good usable period clothing, furniture and props (handbags, canes, lamps, chandeliers, etc).   These items are used for theatrical productions both on campus and for primary and secondary educational touring productions around the state of Michigan.    We are thankful for any and all donations and would be happy to accept them at the Department of Theatre main office: 113 Auditorium, Department of Theatre, East Lansing, MI 48824. For more information please contact Stacey Pier at 517-355-6690, or visit Thank you!


English as a Second Language
Sue Gass, director of the ESL program at Michigan State University, has several ideas for learning opportunities for faculty emeriti. They include:

  • Short lectures (videotaped or live) addressing students on topics of their research area.
  • Panel discussion on a research topic
  • Coffee/chat time with our students (these could be sessions on a topic of general interest or one more research-focused)

If you are interested please email Sue Gass at:

Evening College
If you would like to teach noncredit personal enrichment courses through MSU's Evening College, please contact Louise Cooley at phone: 355-4562,, or visit the Evening College office in Room 57, Kellogg Center. Evening College is a lifelong education program of the MSU Alumni Association .

Freshman Seminars
FRESHMAN SEMINARS provide an opportunity for testing and challenging ideas, as well as connecting with first-year students at MSU. Please contact Linda Gross at or visit the website: to learn more about these exciting teaching opportunities.

Great Lakes Leadership Academy 
Continuing a tradition of leadership development at MSU, the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources has partnered with other units on and off campus to create the Great Lakes Leadership Academy.  This intensive leadership development experience is targeted at adults involved in communities and agriculture, natural resources, manufacturing and the environment.  Diverse cohorts of 20 to 25 participants will engage in leadership development activities designed to gain an in-depth understanding of sustainability issues affecting the quality of life in Michigan.  The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is providing support for the initial classes of the program.

The Academy is seeking volunteer support with development related research and proposal writing targeted at foundations, corporate partners and other funding sources.  If you have an interest in assisting with grant-writing and research, contact the Academy Director, Mike Kovacic at or 517/355-8469. For more information about the Great Lakes Leadership Academy, visit their website at

Health4U promotes good health by providing an opportunity to participate in programs, services and activities designed to make a positive difference in your own health and the health of the campus community.    For information visit the Health4You web site or call 517-353-2596.

Julian Samora Research Institute (JSRI)
The Julian Samora Research Institute (JSRI) provides opportunities to retired faculty who wish to volunteer service to the unit.  Activities include manuscript review, research proposal development, and mentoring students on projects.  Most of the work is done in English in social science areas related to grant opportunities and the capacity to address RFP requirements.  JSRI's mission is to generate, disseminate, and apply knowledge in the improvement of Latino communities.  For more information call 432-1317 and speak with the director.

Longitudinal Patient-Centered Experience (LPCE)
The College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University is looking for volunteers to help medical students learn about health and long term illness. The program is called the “Longitudinal Patient-Centered Experience,” or “LPCE.”

Patients with a variety of chronic illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, cancer and fibromyalgia are matched with two first-year medical students in the College of Human Medicine. The students make eight different home visits over 15 months with a different assignment each time (i.e. meeting the patient, taking a family history and speaking with family members). The students experience a meaningful encounter with real patients and learn a patient-centered approach to medicine. Patients become partners in shaping the education of our future physicians.

For more information please contact Kimberly E. Lyth, Simulated Patient/LPCE Coordinator, MSU College of Human Medicine, B202 Clinical Center, East Lansing, MI 48824-1313.  Telephone: (517) 884-1856   E-mail:

MSU Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement
The MSU Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (CSLCE, formerly known as the Service-Learning Center) works with more than 325 local, national and international human and social service agencies, neighborhood organizations, health care and rehabilitation providers and hospitals, schools and educational institutions, senior citizen programs, pre-school and daycare centers, community revitalization efforts, recreation facilities, environmental programs, museums and other cultural facilities, government and legislative offices, and on-campus service-based programs and initiatives. The majority of these community partners and constituents are located in the greater-Lansing area. A variety of service opportunities for faculty emeriti are available!

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop implementation strategies and/or integrated curriculum for utilization of a working farm adjacent to the Lansing School District’s Ebersole Nature Center in Yankee Springs.
  • Work with one of a variety of local non-profit agencies to develop business or fund-raising plans; assist in writing or research for grants.
  • Serve periodically as an overnight facilitator/supervisor at the McRee House, Ingham Regional Medical Center’s residential facility for families of acute or chronically ill children.
  • Serve as a site staff advisor for an Alternative Spring Break trip.
  • Develop and implement trainings for service-learning students in the areas of diversity, community collaborations, and more.
  • Provide direct service through one-time/short-term projects or in semester-long settings. Numerous opportunities exist, and CSLCE staff is happy to provide individual consultation.

Contact: (517) 353-4400;

MSU Libraries, Special Collections
The Special Collections of the MSU Libraries has a periodic need for volunteers to sort unique and important papers that have been donated. Individuals may be placed on a list and called on as as-needed basis. At this time there is a need for individuals interested in assisting with the sorting of comic art proof pages. There is also a current need for individuals who have an interest in book restoration for the Wallace Conservation Lab. Please contact Peter Berg at

MSU Museum
There are many volunteer opportunities at the MSU Museum; some are short-term (as short as one day) as well as sustained activities. 

Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities

Rotary District Grants for University Teachers
The purpose of the Rotary District Grants is to strengthen higher education in low-income countries while building international understanding and development. Criteria: Applicant must hold or have held college teaching appointment for three or more years and demonstrate language proficiency in the language of the host country. Contact Anthony Bauer, or the Rotary International website for more information.

Simulated Patient Program
The College of Human Medicine is continuously looking for people to portray the role of a patient with a certain illness to meet with first- and second-year medical students in videotaped interviews at the MSU Clinical Center. No acting experience is required but some memorization of a script will be expected. Other opportunities include the need for patients with real illnesses such as cardiac and pulmonary issues as well as senior citizens interviews. These encounters help the students improve their communication skills. Starting pay is $12.00/hour.

For more information please contact Kimberly Lyth, LPCE Coordinator, Telephone: (517) 353-5440, Ext. 279, E-mail:,

Special Foreign Travel Fund (SFTF)
Source of funds to assist Faculty transportation to International Professional meetings or congresses outside the U.S. to present papers, deliver keynote addresses, juried exhibitions, or performances in major concert halls; SFTF is intended to be supplemental in nature. There has to be a50/50 match from departments, colleges etc., to match all of the SFTF grant made to a faculty member . Only funds allocated to offset airfare costs will be considered to matching monies.-that is funds allocated for conference fees and subsistence costs cannot be used to match SFTF grants.

Wharton Center for Performing Arts
Volunteers at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts assist with nearly every aspect of the operations - box office, gift shop, ushers, classroom docents for our "Arts In Education" engagement programs, PreView Lecture Series, and more. Click here to learn more about these opportunities

WKAR-TV and Radio present many learning opportunities for emeritus faculty throughout the year. The participation of more than 2500 volunteers from our community is an important part of WKAR’s success. Volunteers are valued for the time, energy, experience, and expertise they share.  Below is a list of annual activities for which WKAR needs volunteers. We would love to have you and or your group join us!

Date Activity Duties:
March Television Membership Campaign Answer phones/take pledges
April WKAR-TV Auction Phone bank workers,
warehouse workers, office workers, etc. - many different duties available
April  Radio Membership Campaign Answer phones/take pledges
May East Lansing Art Festival Work at WKAR booth 
handing out sun visors, etc.
June Be A Tourist In Your Own Town Greeters, assist visitors
June Television Membership Campaign Answer phones/take pledges
August Great Lakes Folk Festival Work at WKAR booth 
handing out sun visors, etc.
September Television Membership Campaign Answer phones/take pledges
October Radio Membership Campaign Answer phones/take pledges
December Television Membership Campaign Answer phones/take pledges
On going WKAR Radio Talking Book Read current newspaper and articles for the visually impaired.

If you would like to show your support of WKAR by helping with one or more of these events listed above, please contact the Coordinator of Volunteers at (517) 432-3120 ext. 361.