Board Policy - Professor Emeritus/Emertia Desgination Criteria

To be considered for the rank of Professor Emeritus/Emerita, an individual must satisfy the minimum criteria stipulated by the Board of Trustees and must demonstrate outstanding work both in category #1 and in at least two of the other categories listed below. Those eligible must have either retired or passed away having attained the rank of Professor. 

  1. Excellence in teaching, librarianship, or counseling – affirmed by evaluations and/or awards or nominations for awards; includes innovations in curriculum and instruction, and commitment to student learning. 

  1. Academic degrees and professional certifications – attainment of degrees or professional certifications (e.g., CPA) beyond the minimum requirements of the position. 

  1. Contribution to the body of knowledge in a field – including publications, artistic creations, conference presentations, positions of responsibility in professional organizations. 

  1. Service to the College – advisement, committee service, leadership positions, work with student organizations, accomplishments outside the realm of teaching. 

  1. Service to the community – special projects, notable accomplishments, offices held, and service to community organizations. 

General guidelines: 


  • Those who are eligible must consent to review of their personnel files. 
  • The committee will consider only half of those eligible in 2006-2007, with the others to be reviewed in 2007-2008. 
  • For those retiring after 2007-2008, we will require a minimum of two years to pass before a person may be considered, and the decisions will be made every third year. 
  • There will be no limit to the number of those who may receive this honor. 
  • Candidates will be given the opportunity to provide information to support their candidacy, but only their accomplishments while employed at the College will be considered. 
  • Alumni will be invited to participate in this process by providing support for candidates. 
  • Moral conduct may be a factor in the decisions. 

Special designation: 

  • Those selected for this honor who were part of the College’s founding years will be placed in a special category, “Founding Professors Emeritus.” To be eligible for this designation, one must have taught full-time on the Groton campus.