Emeritus Titles

Handbook of Operating Procedures 2-2430

Emeritus Titles

University of Texas SealEffective July 25, 2018
Executive Sponsor: Executive Vice President and ProvostPolicy Owner: Director, Academic Personnel Services
I. Policy Statement 

The University of Texas at Austin (“University”) recognizes faculty members’ distinguished service and distinction at the University by conferring emeritus titles effective upon retirement. These honorary titles are given in accordance with the University of Texas System’s Board of Regents Rules and Regulations, Rule 31001, and as outlined in this policy. The conferring of these titles is not automatic upon retirement and may be conferred only upon the approval of the president with final approval by the Board of Regents..

II. Reason for Policy 

To provide the framework for conferring emeritus titles to faculty and other administrative officials.

III. Scope & Audience 

This policy applies to University officers, deans, faculty, non-faculty members, and administrative officials.

IV. Definitions (specific to this policy) 
None
V. Website (for policy) 
https://policies.utexas.edu/policies/hop/2-2430
VI. Contacts 
Contact Details Web
Office of the Executive Vice President and ProvostAddress:

Phone:512-471-4363
Website:
VII. Responsibilities & Procedures 
  1. Emeritus Faculty Ranks

Regents’ Rule 31001 delegates the responsibility of developing procedures for the conferring of emeritus titles to the component institutions. The regental guidelines state that emeritus titles may be given to a retired member of the faculty or in anticipation of the retirement of a faculty member, effective upon retirement. The conferring of these titles is not automatic upon retirement.

 

  1. The emeritus title confers lifetime academic appointments and may only be conferred upon faculty members who, during their period of active service at the University, held the tenure track ranks of professor or associate professor or the non-tenure track ranks of distinguished senior lecturer, clinical professor, research professor, professor of practice, professor of instruction, professor of clinical nursing, professor of medicine (clinical researcher), professor of medicine, (clinical educator), or professor of medicine (clinical scholar).

Recommendations for conferring these titles will be based upon individual distinction and quality of contribution and service to the University. These emeritus titles may be conferred upon nomination by the appropriate budget council(s), endorsement by the department chair and the academic dean, approval of the provost or his or her designee, approval by the president of the institution, and with final approval of the Board of Regents.

 

  1. The Emeritus title may be conferred upon a faculty member who, prior to retirement, held a named professorship, chair, or fellowship previously approved by the Board of Regents. This appointment will be subject to the following conditions:
  1. These emeritus titles may be conferred upon nomination by the department chair and/or academic dean and upon approval by the provost or his or her designee, approval by the president of the institution, and with final approval of the Board of Regents;
  1. The documentation supporting the establishment of the professorship, chair, or fellowship must not contain any conditions that prohibit a retired recipient from holding the professorship, chair, or fellowship in an emeritus capacity; and
  1. Any retired faculty member awarded emeritus status in a named professorship, chair, or fellowship must not receive a stipend from the endowment for the professorship, chair, or fellowship after retirement.
  1. Persons who hold an emeritus title at other institutions are not normally eligible for an emeritus title at the University.
  1. Holders of emeritus titles will be granted the following privileges and perquisites:
  1. Membership (without vote) in the General Faculty and in the college and department faculties in which membership was held at the time of retirement.
  1. Eligibility to serve on graduate committees, subject to the approval of the senior vice provost and dean of graduate studies.
  1. Listing in the faculty directory and in the appropriate college catalog.
  1. Use of the campus mail service.
  1. Office space, when available and with the approval of the chair of the department, the dean of the college or school, and the president.
  1. In addition, holders of an emeritus title will be granted all privileges and perquisites of retired faculty as set forth in Section C. below.
  1. Emeritus Non-Faculty Academic Ranks

The emeritus title confers a lifetime appointment and may be conferred only upon non-faculty academic members who held ranks of senior research scientist, senior research engineer, and librarian III or IV during their period of active service at the University. Recommendations for conferring these titles will be based upon individual distinction and quality of contribution and service to the University.

 

Emeritus titles for senior research scientist and senior research engineer may be conferred onlyupon nomination by the appropriate budget council(s), endorsement by the department chair and/or the academic dean, approval by the vice president of research, approval by the president of the institution, and with final approval by the Board of Regents. 

 

Emeritus titles for librarian III or IV may be conferred upon nomination by the vice provost/director of libraries, approval by the provost or his or her designee, approval by the president of the institution and with final approval by the Board of Regents. 

 

  1. Emeritus Administrative Officials

Upon approval of the president and final approval of the Board of Regents, the title “emeritus...” may be given to a retired administrative official or in anticipation of retirement of an administrative official in order to recognize exceptional meritorious service, effective upon retirement. The president will determine the privileges and perquisites to accompany the title. The conferring of this title is not automatic upon retirement.

Persons given the title “chair emeritus” will be granted the privilege of membership, without vote, in the General Faculty and in the college and department faculties in which membership was held at the time of retirement.

 

  1. Retired Faculty

Faculty members of any rank who have retired from service at the University will be granted the privileges as outlined on the HR webpage https://www.utexas.edu/hr/retiree/services/privileges.html.

VIII. Forms & Tools 
None
XI. History 

Last Revision Dated: July 25,2018

Next Scheduled Review: July 2020

 

Revised: xxxx 2017

Review date: August 2, 1992

Editorial amendment to Sec. VII.C made June 11, 2014

Previously HOP 3.01