Emeriti Faculty Actions | Lifespan Development & Educational Sciences Faculty Handbook | Kent State University

Emeriti Faculty Actions

  1. Overview

    Awarding of Emeritus status is an honor, designating a retired faculty member as having demonstrated a distinguished professional career and as having made significant contributions to the School/College/University.

  2. Criteria for Candidacy

    According to University Policy, emeritus status may be conferred to faculty, academic administrators with faculty rank, and unclassified (administrative-professional) and classified staff, following retirement, in recognition of exemplary service at Kent State University; and, implies demonstration of exemplary professional competence and university citizenship after service of at least ten years.

    Within LDES, successful candidates for Emeritus status will demonstrate a substantive and contemporary active record of performance at the time of application. The candidate’s application should provide evidence of exemplary activity since their last promotion and/or during the last 10 years. Exemplary activity shall be demonstrated in one or more of the following:

    • Recent and active record of research, scholarship, and/or creative work;
    • Noteworthy teaching and educational contributions; and/or
    • Significant service to the School/College/University.
  3. Procedure

    The procedures for recommending Emeritus status for faculty and academic administrators with faculty rank occurs first at the School level upon notification that a faculty member intends to retire. Typically, the candidate initiates the application with a letter to the School Director and supporting documentation that includes a current Curriculum Vita. The School Director convenes the FAC who reviews the request and delivers its recommendation to the School Director. Upon the FAC’s recommendation, the School Director forwards the recommendation, with the necessary supporting materials, to the College Dean. The College Dean reviews the recommendation and supporting materials and forwards a recommendation to the Provost. The Provost will make the final recommendation regarding the granting of Emeritus status, subject to approval by the President, and final confirmation by the Board of Trustees.

    The procedures for recommending Emeritus status for unclassified (administrative-professional) and classified staff is initiated at the School level upon notification that the staff members intends to retire.

    Typically, the candidate initiates the application with a letter to the School Director and supporting documentation. The School Director convenes the FAC who reviews the request and delivers its recommendation to the School Director. Upon the FAC’s recommendation, the School Director forwards the recommendation, with the necessary supporting materials, to the Vice President of Human Resources. The Vice President of Human Resources will make the final recommendation regarding the granting of Emeritus status, subject to approval by the President, and final confirmation by the Board of Trustees.