University of Illinois System

Policy for Awarding of Emeritus/Emerita Status

August 1996, Corrected October 1996

Emeritus/emerita status may be awarded upon retirement from the University of Illinois to faculty and to senior administrators as recognition of honorable service to the University according to the guidelines below. Criteria, processes, rights and privileges appertaining to emeritus/emerita status will be determined at the campus level.


  • Faculty[1] who are awarded emeritus/emerita status will retain their rank at the time of retirement followed by the designation "Emeritus/Emerita."
  • Recommendations for emeritus/emerita designation must be made by the employing department with the approval of the appropriate college dean, the chancellor and the president.


  • Presidents, chancellors, and deans may retain at the time of retirement their last administrative title, followed by "Emeritus/Emerita."
  • Recommendations for emeritus/emerita designations must be made by the provost or president[2], with approval at all succeeding levels, as stated above in the section on Faculty.

Emeritus/emerita status prior to retirement

  • Emeritus/emerita status may be granted prior to retirement for those who have served the University for at least five years as dean, provost, chancellor, or president and who resign such positions to return to the faculty. Such designations must be recommended by the provost or president[2], with approval at all succeeding levels.

[1]As defined in this document, faculty includes a) those in the professorial ranks, i.e., professors and associate professors; b) research, clinical, and teaching faculty; and c) teaching associates of University High School.

[2] The president of the University is an exception. Approval for a president's emeritus/emerita status is granted by the Board of Trustees.