The University of Alabama, Office for Academic Affairs

Emeritus Status Policy

Unit:  Academic Affairs
Contact: Dr. Lesley Reid
Title:  Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs
Effective Date: 6/2/2017
Revision Date: 02/24/2022



The purpose of this policy is to define the eligibility requirements, privileges, and procedures for granting Emeritus status to retiring faculty and faculty-rank administrators.


The lifetime title of Emeritus is an honor designating a retired faculty member or faculty-rank administrator as having had a distinguished professional career and as having made significant contributions to The University of Alabama.


Emeritus status is conferred by The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees upon the recommendation of The University of Alabama. To be eligible for emeritus status, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The individual must be retired or have formally requested retirement from a regular faculty or faculty-rank administrator position at The University of Alabama;
  2. The individual must possess at least ten years of full-time, uninterrupted employment as a faculty member at The University of Alabama prior to retirement;
  3. The individual must have distinguished themselves in one or more of the following areas:
    • Scholarly and/or creative achievements commensurate with national and/or international standards within their discipline
    • Outstanding teaching and educational contributions
    • Exemplary service to The University of Alabama exceeding normal expectations


Emeritus faculty will be provided the following privileges:

  1. Lifetime listing indicating emeritus status in the University catalog and applicable directories.
  2. Standing invitation to participate in University public ceremonies and march in Commencement processions.
  3. ID card indicating emeritus status for use in University libraries and recreation facilities. Any fees associated with use of these facilities will be the responsibility of the emeritus faculty member.
  4. When available and in accordance with departmental, college, and university guidelines, use of office and/or lab space, equipment, and other campus facilities and resources to support ongoing research, creative activity, and/or teaching or advising activities.


Nominations for emeritus status must be made within five years following retirement. Nominations are made by a current faculty member (preferably from the nominee’s department) or administrator (also holding faculty status) who is familiar with the nominee’s professional contributions. The nomination must include a current curriculum vitae and a nomination letter that addresses how the nominee qualifies for emeritus status and cites specific evidence of the nominee’s qualifications.

The faculty of the nominee’s department will vote on the nomination, using a secret ballot. Department chairs may participate in this vote. The results of the ballot will be forwarded to the appropriate dean (or equivalent administrative officer) and to the nominator. If the department vote is positive, the dean will submit the nomination packet, including the results of the departmental vote, and a recommendation concerning the faculty member’s eligibility, to the Provost/Academic Vice President. The Provost/Academic Vice President, in consultation with the President, will make the final decision on the nomination and if appropriate submit the University-level recommendation to the Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama System, following all rules and procedures set forth in the Board Manual.

Nominations may occur throughout the year.

The President of the University, in consultation with the Board of Trustees, may, in unusual and unforeseen circumstances, revoke emeritus status if necessary to preserve the integrity and reputation of the University.


This policy applies to retiring faculty and faculty-rank administrators.


Office of the Provost

Approved by Dr. Lesley Reid, Associate Provost, 02/24/2022