Section 205 - Faculty Emeritus Titles

Emeritus is a designated honorary status in the faculty that may be conferred upon a retired member of the faculty or in anticipation of the retirement of a faculty member, effective upon retirement. Conferring of these titles is not automatic upon retirement. The title confers lifetime academic appointments and shall be conferred based upon individual distinction and quality of contribution and service to the college. Emeriti will remain in force until death. The emeritus appointment carries no formal associated responsibilities or compensation.

205.1 Qualifications

  • Any retired tenured faculty member may qualify for emeritus status after at least 20 years of continuous service.
  • Any faculty retired prior to approval of this policy may be appointed to such status retroactively.
  • Persons who hold an emeritus title at other institutions normally are not eligible for an emeritus title at Lower Columbia College.

205.2 Privileges and honors attendant to emeritus status

  • Listing in the college catalog and other publications as appropriate.
  • A faculty identification card denoting emeritus status.
  • Faculty library and computer lab privileges.
  • Access to college events, performance, athletic events and college publications as available to all members of the faculty.
  • An invitation to college receptions and similar events, including commencement.

205.3 Procedure

Upon publication of a faculty member's intent to retire, the faculty member or their department may initiate a letter of request for Faculty Emeritus status. The letter of request shall include the faculty member's qualifications for the title. These qualifications should demonstrate the faculty member's individual distinction and quality of contribution and service to the college. The letter will be submitted to the Sabbatical Committee who will review the documentation and make a recommendation to the president.

Upon recommendation from the president and approval by the Board of Trustees, the faculty member will be granted emeritus status. However, the Board of Trustees may rescind such status for just cause. The president will publish the faculty member's appointment to emeritus status to the campus community during commencement.

Historic Information

  • Reviewed by Executive Leadership Team on 5-8-19
  • Adopted 2-23-09
  • Replaces policy 319 adopted April 2003


Resource/Reference/Procedure Title Unit Responsibility
Faculty Contract Faculty Emeritus Nominating Procedure VP of HR and Legal Affairs, Faculty Negotiating Team
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