Handbook of Operating Procedures 2-2430

Emeritus Titles; Perquisites and Privileges of Emeritus Faculty, Emeritus Administrative Officials and Other Retired Faculty

University of Texas SealEffective August 02, 1992
Executive Sponsor: Executive Vice President and ProvostPolicy Owner: Associate Vice President - Provost Office
I. Policy Statement 

The University of Texas at Austin (“University”) recognizes faculty members’ distinguished service and distinction at the University by conferring emeritus titles effective upon retirement. These honorary titles are given in accordance with the University of Texas System’s Board of Regents Rules and Regulations, Rule 31001, and as outlined in this policy. The conferring of these titles is not automatic upon retirement.

II. Reason for Policy 

To provide the framework for conferring honorary degrees to faculty and other administrative officials.

III. Scope & Audience 

This policy applies to University officers, deans, faculty, and administrative officials.

IV. Definitions (specific to this policy) 
V. Website (for policy) 
VI. Contacts 
Contact Details Web
Office of the ProvostPhone:512-471-4363Website:
VII. Responsibilities & Procedures 
  1. Emeritus Faculty

Regents’ Rule 31001 delegates to the component institutions the responsibility for developing procedures for conferring emeritus titles. The regental guidelines state that emeritus titles may be given to a retired member of the faculty or in anticipation of the retirement of a faculty member, effective upon retirement. The conferring of these titles is not automatic upon retirement.


  1. The titles professor emeritus or associate professor emeritus confer lifetime academic appointments and may only be conferred upon faculty members who held the rank of professor or, respectively, associate professor during their period of active service at the University. Recommendations for conferring these titles will be based upon individual distinction and quality of contribution and service to the University. These emeritus titles may be conferred upon nomination by the appropriate budget council(s), endorsement by the department chair and the academic dean, approval of the president, and with final approval of the Board of Regents.
  1. The titles __________________________________ Professor Emeritus of__________________________ and _______________________ Chair Emeritus of _____________________________________ (description being the same as provided for the professorship or chair) may be conferred upon a faculty member who has been approved by the Board Regents to hold that named professorship or chair prior to retirement. This appointment will be subject to the following conditions:
  1. These emeritus titles may be conferred upon nomination by the academic dean and upon approval by the provost, the president, and final approval of the Board of Regents;
  1. The documentation supporting the establishment of the professorship or chair must not contain any conditions that prohibit a retired recipient from holding the professorship or chair in an emeritus capacity; and
  1. Any retired faculty member awarded emeritus status in a named professorship or chair must not receive a stipend from the endowment for the professorship or chair after retirement.
  1. Persons who hold an emeritus title at other institutions normally are not eligible for an emeritus title at the University.
  1. Holders of emeritus titles will be granted the following privileges and perquisites:
  1. Membership (without vote) in the General Faculty and in the college and department faculties in which membership was held at the time of retirement.
  1. Eligibility to serve on graduate committees, subject to the approval of the senior vice provost and dean of graduate studies.
  1. Listing in the faculty directory and in the appropriate college catalog.
  1. Use of the campus mail service.
  1. Office space, when available and with the approval of the chair of the department, the dean of the college or school, and the president.
  1. In addition, holders of an emeritus title will be granted all privileges and perquisites of retired faculty as set forth in Section C. below.
  1. Emeritus Administrative Officials

Upon approval of the president and final approval of the Board of Regents, the title "emeritus..." may be given to a retired administrative official, or in anticipation of retirement of an administrative official, effective upon retirement, to recognize exceptional meritorious service. The president will determine the privileges and perquisites to accompany the title. The conferring of this title is not automatic upon retirement.


Persons given the title "chair emeritus" will be granted the privilege of membership, without vote, in the General Faculty and in the college and department faculties in which membership was held at the time of retirement.


  1. Retired Faculty

Faculty members of any rank who have retired from service at the University will be granted the privileges as outlined on the HR webpage https://www.utexas.edu/hr/retiree/services/privileges.html.

VIII. Form & Tools 
XI. History 

Last review date: August 2, 1992

Editorial amendment to Sec. VII.C made June 11, 2014

Previously HOP 3.01