Faculty Senate

Emeritus Policy

Approved 4/14/06; Revised 4/16/08

Emeritus status is an honor that may be awarded to full-time faculty who retire after distinguished and long-term achievement and service to a NSHE institution. The qualifications for this title are measured in terms of the individual’s total contribution to the college, based upon both achievement and service.

Any member of the faculty who retires after serving the college for less than ten years may be considered for emeritus status. However, conferral of the emeritus status in this case is regarded as exception. Any member of the faculty retiring after at least ten years of full-time service may be recommended to the TMCC President for emeritus status.

Given the unique demands and roles of full-time faculty in various areas of the college, each candidate must submit a written application for Emeritus Status to her or his Dean. This application may be up to five pages in length, and in general terms address the areas of faculty professional responsibilities below:

Teaching/Professional Excellence: The candidate should describe how she or he has demonstrated commitment and success in providing excellent instruction to TMCC students, or if in a non-instructional faculty position, provide details about how she or he excelled in providing the professional services required of the position. She or he may include one or more of the following: descriptions of the courses taught at TMCC, the various instructional delivery systems utilized, professional services provided, various student constituencies served, efforts at keeping instructional curriculum current, efforts at keeping professional services current and meaningful, and/or other aspects of teaching excellence the candidate wishes to describe.

Professional Development: The candidate should describe any efforts made in ongoing professional development that was required or appropriate for her or his discipline, profession, or occupation.

Contribution of TMCC and/or surrounding communities: The candidate should describe her or his commitment to the college and surrounding communities to include one or more of the following: leadership positions/efforts, commitments above and beyond the typical faculty contract, volunteer efforts on and off the campus, and/or any other evidence of contributions the candidate wishes to present. Information about the candidate’s contribution to the college and/or surrounding communities should be summarized thematically, and not necessarily include a list of all activities, positions, committees, etc., over the course of one’s TMCC career.

The Emeritus Status application and approval process will be as follows:

  1. Notices of retirement and applications for Emeritus Status received by the appropriate Vice President by December 31 will be considered for an emeritus award during the commencement ceremony. Applications received after December 31 will be considered for an emeritus award the following year.
  2. Emeritus candidates must submit their application to their Dean, who will review and if approved forward onto the appropriate Vice President and then to the President. Should the Dean deny the candidate’s application, she or he has the option of invoking the peer review process as outlined in items 4 and 5 below.
  3. A list of emeritus candidates will be publicized campus-wide. Should three or more faculty or an administrator object to a particular candidate’s application, they should submit written, substantiated objections to the appropriate Vice President, who then will review the submissions.
  4. Should the appropriate Vice President deem that these objections have merit, she or he will convene a peer review committee composed of three faculty out of the candidate’s discipline to review the objections.
  5. The peer review committee will review the objections, and submit a written opinion to the appropriate Vice President. If necessary, both majority and minority opinions may be submitted.
  6. The appropriate Vice President then reviews/evaluates the merits of the candidate’s application, the written objections from three or more faculty or an administrator, and the peer review committee’s analysis and recommendations, and forwards her or his recommendation to the President for a decision.

Full-time faculty who attain the rank of emeritus faculty are invited to participate in academic events and ceremonies and are entitled to receive a faculty identification card. The latter provides entitlement to library privileges and grant-in-aid privileges for the faculty member, their spouse or domestic partner, and financially dependent children.

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