Emeritus Status

According to Board of Trustees Policy 9, a Professor Emeritus may:

  • Be listed as an Emeritus in the college catalogue, staff roster and other college publications.
  • Be the recipient of all appropriate newsletters and publications from the college.
  • Be provided services which will enable the individual to continue scholarly pursuits: library privileges and the right to apply for research fund; typing services and office space within the department’s resources.
  • Be the recipient of a formal certificate of emeritus status.
  • Be the recipient of appropriate college identification cards and parking decals.

The Policy also includes the following: Such an individual shall have the right to attend and to speak at all faculty meetings. He or she shall have the usual faculty rights and privileges and may accept assignments to teach, to lecture, or to perform research for the college.

Typically, email privileges are also granted.

The Faculty Senate Governance Council reviews applications for Faculty Emeritus/Emerita status and makes recommendations to the Senate after the candidate’s retirement is effective.

The following procedure shall be followed:

1. The Departmental Nomination: The academic department submits the Faculty Emeritus/Emerita recommendation to the Chair and Vice Chair of the Senate along with the following supporting documents: 

  • Cover letter containing the meeting date the individual was  nominated, the number of years the nominee worked at WPUNJ and  the department, the tally vote, and a few paragraphs highlighting the nominee’s accomplishments. 
  • Full curriculum vitae. 
  • Other supporting documents the department chooses to send. 

2. Governance Council Nomination: The Senate Vice Chair forwards the packet to the Governance Council Chair who has the responsibility of distributing this information to each Council member. If the Governance Council votes to recommend the individual for Emeritus/Emerita Status, the Council drafts a resolution recommending that the Senate approve the nominee for Emeritus/Emerita Status and forwards it to the Senate Vice Chair. 

3. Executive Committee Nomination: The Senate Vice Chair presents the recommendation to the Senate Executive Committee at its next scheduled meeting. The Executive Committee will review the resolution and supporting documents. Upon approval, the resolution will be scheduled for next Senate meeting. 

4. Senate Nomination: The resolution is presented to the Senate by the Chair of  the Governance Council. If the resolution is approved, the Senate Chair  forwards it to the President of the University for submission to the Board of Trustees for its approval.

Emeritus Status Applications Routing Form  - December 2014