Conferring Emeritus Status

The title “Emeritus” may be conferred by the Board of Regents to a faculty member or librarian at the time of retirement, upon the recommendation of the unit/department head, and with administrative approval.

Application Requirement of Policy

Full-Time Faculty and Librarians.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for emeritus status, a faculty member or librarian must:

  1. Be retiring from a tenured or continuing multiple-year appointment,
  2. have held such continuing appointment for at least ten years,
  3. and have a record of distinguished service.

A university administrator, to be eligible for emeritus status, must:

  1. Hold a faculty or librarian appointment,
  2. have served in a position at the dean level or higher,
  3. and have a record of distinguished service.

The emeritus title for an administrator will be commensurate with the position held at the time of retirement (e.g., Dean Emeritus, President Emeritus, etc.). For faculty or librarians recruited directly to administrative positions, the ten-year employment requirement is waived.

Responsible Party

The department head and/or Chair is to submit the recommendation letter on letterhead and a second page that provides the top accomplishments and justification as to why the retiring faculty member or librarian merits this honorable and distinguished title. On the second page, please make sure that the paragraph does not exceed 250 words. The final approval is conferred by the Board of Regents. 

Policy Information

The University may award the designation of “Emeritus Professor” to recognize individuals who have exhibited outstanding performance during their employment and achieved a high level of professional recognition.  Visit the following link to view the revised UNT Policy 06.013: Emeritus Policy (updated 6/2021)

If you have any questions about the nomination process please contact Faculty Success