The By-Laws of the University of Connecticut state that when particular conditions are met, faculty will be nominated for emeritus status. In these instances, once faculty have retired, Human Resources provide information to the Provost’s Office who present recommendations for approval by the Board of Trustees. No action is required by faculty members, Department Heads, or Deans, for these cases to move forward for approval by the Board of Trustees.
University By-Laws on Emeritus Status:
Any member of the faculty, who at the time of retirement is at the University of Connecticut and either retires under the provisions of the State Retirement Act or the Alternate Retirement Plan, may be awarded emeritus status. Also eligible is any member of the faculty who retires from an affiliated institution and whose promotion to rank of Professor in the School of Medicine or School of Dental Medicine was based on scholarship after review by the Senior Appointments and Promotions Committee, Dean, and Provost.
Appointment to emeritus status requires a positive vote of the Board of Trustees or Health Center Board of Directors (for faculty members with primary appointments in the School of Medicine or School of Dental Medicine). Candidates may be presented to the appropriate Board when both of the following conditions are met:
- The faculty member holds the rank of full professor or equivalent title (e.g. Senior Extension Educator) at the University of Connecticut.
- The faculty member has served at the University of Connecticut for at least five years at this rank. There shall be a standing University of Connecticut Retirement Committee.
Faculty members who do not meet both conditions described in Section 2a and Section 2b above may become emeriti by vote of the Board of Trustees or the Health Center Board of Directors following recommendation of the President and the Retirement Committee. Other professional staff are also eligible for this designation following recommendation of the President and the Retirement Committee.
UConn Emeritus (Retirement) Committee
As per the By-Laws of the University of Connecticut, Article XIV – The University Staff, Section K, there shall be a standing University of Connecticut Emeritus (aka Retirement) Committee. Faculty members who do not meet both conditions for emeritus status (rank of full professor or equivalent title at University of Connecticut for at least five years) may become emeriti by vote of the Board of Trustees or the Health Center Board of Directors following recommendation of the President and the Emeritus Committee.
The title of emeritus status requires that faculty go above and beyond the expectations of research, teaching, and service for their position. Faculty must excel in one or more of these three areas, and thus have helped to elevate the university. The emeritus committee will only recommend the title of emeritus when faculty meet these criteria, and also have strong support from their department head and dean.
Departments/Colleges/Schools may nominate faculty or, more unusually, professional staff, for emeritus status. To receive consideration by the Emeritus Committee, a packet of materials consisting of the following should be submitted by the Dean or Department Head to the Provost’s Office (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- A strong letter of support from the Department Head
- A strong letter of support from the Dean
- The CV of the retiree nominated for emeritus status
The Emeritus Committee will meet twice yearly to consider cases. There are two deadlines a year for submission of materials to the committee: November 1 and April 1. In the 2019/20 academic year, due to disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic, the April deadline is extended to April 23, 2020.
Current Emeritus Committee Members
Eva Lefkowitz (Chair)