Considerations for Emeritus Status Conferral

Application and Review Procedures

Topics: Faculty Retirement, Faculty Affairs, Academic Affairs, Promotion and Tenure Policies

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Recent trends in higher education have seen high level administrators seek to increase the level of selectivity during the conferral of emeritus status upon retired professors. This report examines current emeritus eligibility requirements, application and review procedures, and retirement privileges. It also explores strategies to diminish faculty resistance to increased emeritus selectivity.

  • Key observations from our research:

    1. Half of profiled institutions intensified their emeritus application process in the last ten years.

    2. Ten to fifteen years of continuous, full-time teaching is the basic application requirement for the emeritus title.

    3. The origin of emeritus applications depends on the individual department’s bylaws.

    4. High-cost privileges for retired or emeritus faculty (e.g., office space, travel funding) are rare.