Emeritus Faculty

University Policy 102.5, Emeritus Faculty

Executive Summary: 

This policy outlines criteria necessary for one to be considered for emeritus status. It also discusses conditions of appointment, procedure, privileges, and allocation of departmental resources.


Emeritus status is an honor and a mark of distinction granted to fully retired faculty members whose service has been characterized by high professional achievement and who have given sustained, outstanding service to the University.  Retired faculty members may be awarded an emeritus title corresponding to their rank.


Any faculty member meeting the following criteria will be considered for emeritus status:
  1. The faculty member holds an appointment in the professorial ranks with permanent tenure at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and
  2. The faculty member has effectively retired from the University (those who resign from the University to enter phased retirement, and who otherwise meet the eligibility standards set forth herein when they entered phased retirement, will be eligible for emeritus consideration at the end of the phased retirement term). 


All recommendations for emeritus appointments must be initiated at the department level via the following procedure. 
  1. Upon receipt of notice of retirement, the chair of the faculty member’s department shall invite the faculty member to submit a current curriculum vitae for distribution to the departmental faculty.  The chair shall consult with the departmental faculty before determining whether to recommend conferment of emeritus status; however, the department chair’s recommendation does not require the approval of departmental faculty.
  2. With the concurrence of the appropriate college dean, a recommendation for emeritus status shall be forwarded to the Provost.
  3. Award of emeritus status may be conferred by the Chancellor upon the recommendation of the Provost.  The decision of the Chancellor is final.


Emeriti faculty members are granted the following:
  1. A University identification card;
  2. The use of University recreational facilities under the same conditions applicable to the faculty;
  3. The use of Library facilities and Library electronic resources under the same conditions applicable to the faculty;
  4. A University email account;
  5. Inclusion in the University Catalog, the Campus Directory, and all other formal listings of the faculty;
  6. Invitations to University Commencement and other similar events;
  7. The opportunity to purchase tickets for University athletic and cultural events at faculty rates; and
  8. Receipt of University and Alumni Publications.
  9. Campus parking at no charge.

Emeriti faculty members are not eligible to: hold University office; sit on tenure, hearing or grievance committees; or to vote in faculty elections. 


The University’s priority for office and research space must be for those who are current faculty members.  Emeritus faculty members who remain professionally active may apply for use of departmental resources.  If in the chair’s judgment these professional activities fall within the current mission of the department and if the circumstances permit and the emeritus faculty member has demonstrated a need, then the chair may recommend that the dean approve the allocation of office space and resources, including: office supplies, use of equipment, photocopy cards, and telephone and Internet access.
Revision History: 

Initially approved July 25, 1977
Revised June 3, 1988
Revised May 11, 2004
Updated October 4, 2005
Revised February 21, 2008