Emeritus Status - Faculty
Emeritus status is a unique and high honor accorded to full-time faculty members leaving university service who have compiled exemplary records compiled during at least ten consecutive years at Delta State University. To be considered for this high honor, a faculty member must be tenured with lifetime achievement in some meritorious combination of teaching, research, and service.
- All tenured faculty who have served at least ten consecutive years at Delta State University shall be eligible for emeritus status in their final year of service.
- Nominations for emeritus status may be submitted by faculty, staff, or students. Nomination letters should be submitted to the department/division chair by February 15 of each year.
- It is the responsibility of the nominee’s colleagues within the department/division, upon receipt of a nomination, to assess in a timely manner the merits of the nomination and to forward a written recommendation for awarding emeritus status or a written reason for not awarding it to the college/school dean by March 1. The standards associated with each academic rank shall be used in the assessment process.
- The recommendation for or reasons for not awarding emeritus status should be forwarded by the dean of the college/school to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs no later than March 15. Justification for not recommending a faculty member should accompany the written response to the next level.
- The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs will forward recommendations for emeritus status to the President’s office. Justification for not recommending a faculty member will also be provided to the President.
- The candidate will receive notification by May 1 from the President’s office on the final determination of emeritus status. In the event the nominee is denied emeritus status, he/she may request a review of the recommendations or justification.
- In the event of a faculty member deciding to retire after May Commencement, he/she will be considered the following year.
- If any special circumstances occur, special requests should be made through the division/department to the dean and the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Academic Council Meeting Minutes: 11/3/99, 2/27/02, 2/10/04, 2/24/04, 2/13/07, 4/24/07, 2/26/08