Emeritus Titles

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Granting of Emeritus Titles

The emeritus or emerita title may be granted by the Board of Supervisors upon recommendation of an institution president or the System President to honor, in retirement, faculty and administrators who have made distinguished professional contributions and have served significant portions of their careers at the institution: e.g., emeritus professor of chemistry, emerita dean of education, emeritus president.

To be eligible for consideration for academic emeritus status, the individual is expected to have achieved the rank of professor. In exceptional cases, an associate professor with an outstanding record of achievements and contribution to the university may be recommended for this status. 


Criteria for Emeritus Status

The following are the minimum criteria for consideration for the granting of emeritus status. However, meeting the minimum criteria should not be considered adequate justification for recommending emeritus status.

  1. A minimum of ten consecutive years of full-time employment with the university immediately prior to retirement at the institution; however, in cases of demonstrated exceptional performance, a lesser period of service may be considered. (Revised 8/26/11);
  2. Clear evidence of outstanding teaching, scholarly activity, and/or administrative services;
  3. Recognized record of meritorious professional achievement, growth, and development; and
  4. Clear evidence of university service beyond the normal or ordinary expectations.