Emeritus Faculty Policy

  • Issuing Office: Office of the Provost
  • Issued: April 6, 2006

Policy Statement

Introduction

The rank of Professor Emeritus or Associate Professor Emeritus is an honor, designating a retired faculty member as having demonstrated a distinguished professional career and as having made significant contributions to Drexel University.

Criteria for Candidacy

Successful candidates for consideration to the rank of Professor Emeritus or Associate Professor Emeritus, determined by the faculty rank at retirement, will have:

  • At least ten years of full-time employment at Drexel University prior to retirement and be a tenured Professor or Associate Professor at retirement. A tenured Professor or Associate Professor with less than ten years of employment at Drexel may be considered for Emeritus status at the discretion of the Provost.
  • A consistent record of quality performance as demonstrated by one or more of the following:
    • A substantive record of scholarly achievement commensurate with national and international standards within the specific discipline.
    • A recognized record of outstanding teaching and educational contributions.
    • Clear evidence of service to the University beyond normal expectations.

Emeritus Privileges

The privileges associated with having been granted the rank of [Associate] Professor Emeritus are as follows:

  1. Lifetime listing indicating the rank of [Associate] Professor Emeritus in University catalogues and directories.
  2. Regular and on-line library privileges.
  3. Lifetime e-mail address and support including listing in Drexel directories.
  4. One year continuation of phone number and voicemail.
  5. Lifetime eligibility for membership to the Daskalakis Athletic Center. Membership fees will be assessed at the faculty rate.
  6. Participation in University public ceremonies.
  7. Based on availability and the recommendations of the Department Head and the Dean, and with the concurrence of the Provost, use of office and/or lab space, equipment, and other campus facilities to support scholarly work and/or educational activities.
  8. With permission of the Department Head and Dean of the College, authorization to serve on thesis and dissertation committees or engage in other research or educational activities within the University.

Procedure

Application for Emeritus status is initiated by the candidate by September 15th in the year of consideration with a letter to the Department Head and supporting documentation that includes a current, comprehensive Curriculum Vitae. The Department Head then notifies the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs in writing that the process has been initiated. The Department Head forwards her/his recommendation, with the necessary supporting materials, to the Dean and the Dean forwards her/his recommendation, with the necessary supporting materials, to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs by December 15th.

Early in Winter Quarter, the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs convenes the Emeritus Review Committee, which operates under the jurisdiction of the Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs in which recommendations are considered. The Committee deliberates and delivers its recommendations to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs by February 1st who then forwards the Committee’s recommendations and his/her own to the Provost by February 15th. After review, the Provost forwards his/her recommendations as well as the recommendations of the various levels of review to the President. Upon approval of the President, the Provost will present the candidate to the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board and, upon favorable review, to the Board of Trustees for consideration at their May meeting.

Candidates whose rank of Associate Professor or Professor Emeritus has been approved by the Board of Trustees at their May meeting are notified promptly and the rank is conferred by the President during the June annual meeting of the University Assembly.

The Provost may, at his/her sole discretion, approve the submission of a candidate’s application for Emeritus status in accordance with the above procedures on a modified or accelerated schedule.

Emeritus Review Committee Operations

The Emeritus Review Committee has one representative from each college or school having been appointed or elected by each college or school for a term of three years. The Emeritus Review Committee operates under the jurisdiction of the Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs who will appoint a representative from its membership to be Chair of the Committee. The function of this Committee is solely to provide recommendations to the Provost. After its deliberations, the Chair will report briefly to the Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs on the operations and the recommendations of the Committee.

Amendments

This Policy may be amended and the privileges changed from time to time at the discretion of the University. Such amendments shall be promptly communicated to all Emeritus faculty. No provision of this policy may be waived or modified by any officer, faculty member, employee or agent of the College without the prior written approval of the Provost.