Emeritus Policy and Procedure

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

Emeritus status is an honor that may be awarded to full-time faculty and professional staff 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 retiring after at least ten years of full-time service may be recommended to the TMCC President for Emeritus status.

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 an exception.


The Emeritus status application and approval process is as follows:

  • Emeritus candidates must submit the Emeritus application to their Dean who will review it and, if approved, will forward it to the appropriate Vice President and then to the President.
  • 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.

Denial of Application

Should the Dean deny the candidate’s application, she or he has the option of invoking the Peer Review process (as outlined below).

Peer Review Process

A list of Emeritus candidates is publicized campus-wide. Should three or more faculty or an administrator object to a particular candidate’s Emeritus application, they should submit written, substantiated objections to the appropriate Vice President, who will review the submissions.

Should the Vice President deem that these objections have merit, she or he will convene a Peer Review Committee composed of three faculty from the candidate’s discipline to review the objections.

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.

The Vice President will review/evaluate 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 forward her or his recommendation to the President for a decision.


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

Submitted by the TMCC Faculty Senate Professional Standards Committee; approved by Faculty Senate: October 2010

  • Emeritus/Emerita listing in College Catalog.
  • Use of the title "Emeritus" or "Emerita," Truckee Meadows Community College.
  • Once affirmed by the Board of Regents, the Emeritus/Emerita is recognized at the annual TMCC awards ceremony.
  • TMCC email account and TMCC Professionals list.
  • Grant-in-aid for Emeriti faculty and professional staff, their spouse or domestic partner, and their financially-dependent children (NSHE Title 4, Chapter 3, Sections 10 & 11).
  • Emeritus/Emerita faculty identification card (upon request).
  • Library privileges.
  • Business cards with the title "Emeritus" or "Emerita"
    • Order approved business cards from CDMS:
      • Username: TMCC
      • Password: Emeritus
    • Log in and follow directions to submit order for verification and approval by the President's Office.
    • Emeritus members are responsible for payment of business card orders.
    • Contact Auxiliary Services with questions.
    • See Print Services for further information.
  • Access to office space (based on availability) in the TMCC part-time faculty office.
  • Ability to purchase regular software/updates at employee discounts.
  • Membership in the TMCC Emeriti Club. Opportunities include:
    • Invitations to College public ceremonies such as academic processions, convocations, and appropriate social functions.
    • Invitations to serve as an ambassador for the College at mutually agreed-upon events within the community at the discretion of the president.
    • Invitations to assist the College during semester start-up and with special projects.
    • Regularly scheduled mixers (at least two a year) hosted by the TMCC Foundation.
  • Part-time teaching assignments: all invitations for Emeriti faculty to teach classes are at the discretion of the department chair and subject to approval of the dean within the resources of the school. Emeriti faculty may normally teach no more than two courses in any given semester.


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 their Director and/or Dean.

Prior to Emeritus status being granted by the President, you will be asked to address the responsibilities listed below, and submit this information along with the required signatures/approvals.

Your application may be up to five pages in length, and in general terms address the following three areas of faculty professional responsibilities.

Teaching/Professional Excellence

Describe how you have demonstrated commitment and success in providing excellent instruction to TMCC students, or if in a non-instructional faculty position, provide details about how you excelled in providing the professional services required of the position.

You may include one or more of the following:

  1. Descriptions of the courses taught at TMCC
  2. The various instructional delivery systems utilized
  3. Professional services provided, various student constituencies served
  4. Efforts at keeping instructional curriculum current
  5. Efforts at keeping professional services current and meaningful
  6. Other aspects of teaching excellence

Professional Development

Describe any efforts made in ongoing professional development that was required or appropriate for your discipline, profession, or occupation.

Contribution of TMCC and/or Surrounding Communities

Describe your commitment to the College and surrounding communities to include one or more of the following:

  1. Leadership positions/efforts, commitments above and beyond the typical faculty contract
  2. Volunteer efforts on and off the campus
  3. Any other evidence of contributions the candidate wishes to present

Information about 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.