Policy Number: 50

Appointment to Emeritus or Emerita Positions


Appointment to honorary faculty positions


Faculty members

Date Reviewed: March 2008

Responsible Office: Academic and Research Affairs

Responsible Executive: Executive Vice President for Academic and Research Affairs


The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ("university") considers the process of naming faculty members to Emeritus or Emerita status a highly selective institutional process. The members of the faculty who are named to such positions represent not only the highest academic, research and service standards but also a record of service to the university that stands out among his or her peers.

Emeritus/Emerita titles confer lifetime academic appointments and may be conferred on faculty members who held the rank of Professor or Associate Professor during their period of active service at the university. Recommendations for conferring these titles will be based on individual distinction and quality of contribution and service to the university.

One of these titles may be given to a retired faculty member or in anticipation of the retirement of a faculty member, effective on retirement. The awarding of an Emeritus/Emerita title is without salary and is made by the Board of Regents on the recommendation of the President. The following are the only such titles to be considered by the Board of Regents:

Emeritus/Emerita faculty are expected to remain willing to assist and advise the university as requested, especially in their area of competence. Emeritus/Emerita title status does not obligate the university to provide office or laboratory space; however, space may be assigned at the discretion of the dean or department head.

Holders of Emeritus/Emerita titles will be granted the following privileges:

The Executive Vice President for Academic and Research Affairs ("EVPARA") is responsible for guiding the process of appointment to Emeritus or Emerita titles at the behest of the President. The EVPARA will be responsible for assuring compliance with the university's policies on such appointments are followed.


A. Selection

The faculty and administration of each school with endowed or honorific positions will establish procedures for making recommendations to the President for selection of individuals to hold emeritus positions. The procedures will typically include a standing committee to assist the dean in evaluating nominees for such positions. Such procedures must include a review committee composed of faculty from appropriate departments within the university All such procedures must be approved by the EVPARA. Candidates for Emeritus/Emerita titles may be recommended by the department chair, and/or the dean.

The dean of the school where the position will be located will forward a proposed Emeritus/Emerita appointment to the EVPARA with a copy to the President. In those cases where the dean nominates an individual to an emeritus position without consulting a review committee, the EVPARA will ensure that university policy for honorific appointments are followed, set a timetable for review of the candidate, and appoint a review committee of faculty to consider the appointment.

The EVPARA evaluates recommendations, including credentials of the nominee and needs of the schools or the university and, if s/he supports the recommendation, prepares a letter of appointment for action by the President. The President will determine whether the individual is approved for appointment to the endowed or honorific position. The President then forwards a request for approval through the Executive Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs to the Board of Regents.

B. Appointment

On approval by the Board of Regents and acceptance by the nominee, the President will endorse a letter of appointment to the position. The President's letter of appointment will include the specific title being bestowed.


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