POL 05.20.02 - Emeritus/Emerita Faculty Status for Faculty and Senior Administrators

Authority:  Board of Trustees

History: First Issued: April 27, 1995. Last Revised: October 12, 2012.

Related Policies:  
NCSU POL05.15.01 - Employees Exempt from the State Personnel Act (EPA) Policy
NCSU POL05.20.01 – Appointment, Reappointment, Promotion and Permanent Tenure
NCSU REG05.20.34 - Non-Tenure Track Faculty Ranks and Appointments

Additional References:
UNC Code: Appendix I, Section IV
NCSU General Faculty Bylaws

Standard Operating Procedure for Granting Emeritus/Emerita Faculty Status

Standard Operating Procedure for Granting Emeritus/Emerita Status to Senior Administrators

SOP-Use of Professor of Distinction Title with Emeritus or Emerita Status

Contact Info: Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs (919-513-7741)


I.  EMERITUS/EMERITA FACULTY STATUS

Upon approval of the Chancellor, emeritus/emerita status is granted to retiring full-time faculty in recognition of dedicated service at NC State University.  It is an earned rank and as such entitles its holders to commensurate rights and privileges.

The University is grateful for the past service and numerous contributions of its retired faculty, recognizes their potential as a continuing valuable resource, and is committed to fostering an active, ongoing relationship with them.  Retired faculty members are encouraged to engage in service to NC State University in whatever ways are found to be satisfying and mutually beneficial.  The University, as an appreciative beneficiary of their scholarly pursuits and of the academic reputations they earn, will facilitate their efforts by making available its academic resources and other services wherever feasible and legally permissible.

1.  ELIGIBILITY

1.1  Any tenured faculty member who has served for ten or more years in a full-time faculty position at NC State University is eligible for emeritus/emerita status.  NCSU POL05.20.01 – Appointment, Reappointment, Promotion and Permanent Tenure.

1.2  Any non-tenure track faculty member who has served for ten or more years in a full-time faculty position at NC State University is eligible for emeritus/emerita status.  Non-tenure track faculty ranks are described in NCSU REG05.20.34 - Non-Tenure Track Faculty Ranks and Appointments.

1.3  Upon recommendation of the Chancellor, the Board of Trustees may make exceptions to these eligibility requirements and grant emeritus/emerita status in cases of exceptional distinguished service.

2.  EMERITUS/EMERITA FACULTY RESPONSIBILITIES AND PRIVILEGES

2.1  Emeritus/emerita status for faculty with academic rank, being earned and established at the academic rank held upon retirement, provides membership in the General Faculty.  Emeritus/emerita faculty remain in their pre-retirement constituency, as provided by the NCSU General Faculty Bylaws Article II Section 2.

2.2  As members of the General Faculty, emeritus/emerita faculty are encouraged to continue engagement with the University, with rights and responsibilities associated therewith, including eligibility for election to the Faculty Senate, service on university committees, retaining graduate faculty status as held pre-retirement, and listing in the University Directory.

2.3  Emeritus/emerita faculty who have accepted duties and responsibilities assigned by an NC State administrative unit are to be provided office space and support consistent with those responsibilities and duties. For those who wish to remain active in scholarly or other creative work and/or service to the University without accepting assigned duties and responsibilities, efforts should be made to provide office space and all generally available services.

2.4  Emeritus/emerita whose professional service requires University financial support (beyond the support described in 2.3) should develop a statement of goals and objectives with the department head addressing expected activities and the disposition of any funds associated with faculty research or discretionary accounts.  These faculty should submit an annual report to the department head documenting their professional activities and achievements that will serve as the basis for decisions related to continuation or changes to their duties and responsibilities.

2.5  Emeritus/emerita faculty are not Departmental Voting Faculty[1] and may not vote on any personnel decisions (appointment, reappointment, promotion and tenure, or post-tenure review).  This does not preclude their participation in other appropriate departmental and university functions.

3.  PROCEDURES

3.1  Procedures for granting emeritus/emerita faculty status are available through the Office of the Provost.

II.  EMERITUS/EMERITA STATUS FOR SENIOR ADMINISTRATORS

As delegated by the Board of Governors, conferral of emeritus/emerita status is an honor that may be granted by the Board of Trustees upon retirement of a University employee who has provided dedicated and distinguished service to the University.  The Board of Trustees approves emeritus/emerita status for Senior Academic Administrative Officers Tier I and delegates to the Chancellor the authority to approve emeritus/emerita status for Senior Academic Administrative Officers Tier II.

1.  ELIGIBILITY

1.1  Individuals serving at the time of retirement as Senior Academic Administrative Officer Tier I or Tier II and having ten or more years of service to NC State University are eligible for emeritus/emerita status.  (See NCSU POL05.15.01 - Employees Exempt from the State Personnel Act (EPA) Policy Sections 1.2.3 and 1.2.4)

1.2  Upon recommendation of the Chancellor, the Board of Trustees may make exceptions to these eligibility requirements and grant emeritus/emerita status in cases of exceptional distinguished service.

2.  CRITERION

2.1  Evidence of extraordinary and meritorious contributions to the fulfillment of program and university mission.

3.  PROCEDURES

3.1  Procedures for granting emeritus/emerita status are available through the Office of the Provost.

[1] Departmental Voting Faculty are defined in specific policies and regulations pertaining to the decision being made, eg.  NCSU POL05.20.01 – Appointment, Reappointment, Promotion and Permanent Tenure, NCSU REG05.20.34 - Non-Tenure Track Faculty Ranks and Appointments.