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Emeritus or Emerita status is conferred upon a faculty member or presidential contract administrator at the time of his or her retirement or posthumously, if the individual is deemed worthy of this special recognition in the judgment of the appropriate academic department, regional campus, or administrative department, with the concurrence of appropriate administrative officers, the executive vice president and provost, and the president. Posthumous awards are to be made only when the person would have been eligible had he or she lived, and only within three years of the person's death.
This judgment should be based on many or all of the following factors:
length of service (except in special circumstances, a minimum of ten years);
quality of teaching and research or performance in the administrative position(s);
overall contribution to the University; and
service to society beyond the University community
Recommendations for conferment of Emeritus or Emerita status begin in the department of current service by a process established by that department. Following approval at the departmental level, the names are forwarded for concurrence through the administrative chain-of-command to the President, who may recommend Emeritus or Emerita status to the Board of Trustees for approval at the next meeting.
An Emeritus or Emerita member is granted the following privileges as if he or she were an active faculty member, or administrative presidential appointee:
full library privileges
E-mail and related services
opportunity to secure parking consistent with current university policy
same educational benefits that one had at time of retirement
opportunity to purchase reserved seats to athletic contests and performing arts series
opportunity to use some recreational facilities, wellness, and health services
opportunity to attend certain alumni and University events, e.g. Homecoming Luncheon, Christmas Open house, class reunions, Commencement, and Honors Convocation.
opportunity to join the O.U. Emeriti Association which sponsors monthly luncheon meetings, publishes monthly newsletters and an Emeriti Handbook, and maintains close association with the University through several active committees. (Widows and widowers of deceased Emeritus or Emerita members may belong to the Emeriti Association.)
In addition to these privileges, when an Emeritus or Emerita member is on active duty, he or she may be offered the use of other facilities such as office space and other facilities when they are available.
Except in very unusual circumstances, emeritus status is conferred only upon retiring or retired members of the faculty. Emeritus status is conferred upon a faculty member if, in the judgment of his/her department or regional campus, and with the concurrence of appropriate administrative officers, some special recognition has been earned. This judgment should be based on many or all of the following factors: (1) length of service, (2) quality of teaching, (3) quality of research, (4) contribution to the University in administrative and committee work, and (5) services to society beyond the University. Except in unusual circumstances, emeritus status shall be conferred only on someone who has taught at Ohio University ten or more years.
An emeritus faculty member is granted library privileges as if he/she were an active faculty member, and during any academic term when he/she is on duty will have appropriate office space, parking privileges, and similar perquisites. During periods when he/she is not on duty, parking privileges and the use of other facilities such as office space and laboratory space may be offered when and where they are available.
Recommendations for emeritus/emerita status must begin in the department of current service by a process established by that department. In most areas, it is similar to the promotion process.
As the nomination form (see below) moves through the appropriate chain of command, short (one-page) letters of support from the chair/director, dean, and/or other appropriate administrators are to be attached to the form. Letters should address the factors above, as well as any others deemed pertinent to the nomination including recogniton and honors.
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Posthumous Nomination Form:
Click here for the form for posthumous nominations.
Forms on this website are updated regularly. Outdated forms will not be accepted.
Submit completed nominations to the attention of Anita Leach, Cutler Hall 310, any time before May 15.
Approved nominations are presented to the Board of Trustees at the next available meeting.
Once presented to the trustees, the president's office sends letters of congratulation to those receiving emeritus/emerita status or, in the cases of status being granted posthumously, a designated family member.
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