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AA/PPS 02.04.10 - Honorary Faculty Titles and Emeritus Faculty

Honorary Faculty Titles and Emeritus Faculty

AA/PPS No. 02.04.10 (6.01)
Issue No. 2
Effective Date: 6/02/2017
Next Review Date: 11/01/2018 (ENY)
Sr. Reviewer: Associate Provost


    1. Several honorary titles – regents’ professor, university distinguished professor, distinguished professor/associate professor emeritus, and professor/associate professor emeritus - are awarded to current and retired faculty to recognize long and distinguished service.

    1. University Distinguished Professor – This title honors individuals whose performance in teaching, research, and service has been exemplary and recognized at the state, national, and international levels. Faculty members who have held the rank of full professor for at least five consecutive years at Texas State University will be eligible to receive this award. The awardees will receive a $5,000 award, a commemorative medallion, and a plaque. The awardees will be recognized at the Fall Convocation and Annual General Faculty Meeting.

      See University Distinguished Professor Award Criteria for criteria and selection process.

    2. Regents’ Professor – Upon the recommendation of The Texas State University System (TSUS) chancellor, The TSUS Board of Regents may, from time-to-time, bestow the title of “regents’ professor” upon a very select number of tenured faculty members who have demonstrated the following:

      1. excellence in teaching and exceptional dedication to students;

      2. national or international distinction and acclaim for academic achievement or scholarship; and

      3. notable contributions and commitment to their component institutions and communities.

      Nominations for regents’ professor are selected by the president from the list of Texas State faculty who have received the title of university distinguished professor; nominations are submitted to The TSUS Board of Regents.

      Recipients will receive a $5,000 award and a commemorative medallion bearing the seal of The TSUS. The awardees will be recognized at the Fall Convocation and Annual General Faculty Meeting. Upon retirement, a regents’ professor shall automatically receive emeritus faculty status.

    3. Distinguished Professor/Associate Professor Emeritus – This title honors extraordinary faculty members who are retiring or who have already retired to recognize their exemplary service to Texas State. Because of the special nature of this designation, normally no more than three individuals will be named as distinguished professor/associate professor emeritus in any year and there may be years in which this title is not conferred. In many years, no such recognition may be given. The awardees are honored with a plaque at the Fall Convocation and Annual General Faculty Meeting.

      See Distinguished Professor Emeritus Nomination Form for eligibility and nomination process.

    4. Professor Emeritus and Associate Professor Emeritus – The president is authorized to bestow the title of professor emeritus or associate professor emeritus upon any retired member of the faculty or in anticipation of the retirement of the faculty member, effective upon retirement, provided that the faculty member has served in the rank of professor at Texas State for at least 10 years, or in rank as associate professor at Texas State for at least 15 years.

      The conferring of these titles is not automatic upon retirement, but shall be based upon individual distinction, exceptionally high quality service, and outstanding contributions to the university. Academic deans recommend recipients to the provost and president from the list of eligible candidates nominated by their peers.

      Recipients are recognized and receive a certificate at the Annual Retired Faculty and Staff Reception hosted by the president.

    5. Other useful forms for this policy

      University Distinguished Professor Award Nomination Form to be included with Summary Presentation

      Summary Presentation

      Distinguished Emeriti List


    1. Reviewers of this PPS include the following:

      Position Date
      Associate Provost November 1 ENY

    This PPS has been approved by the following individuals in their official capacities and represents Texas State Academic Affairs policy and procedure from the date of this document until superseded.

    Associate Provost; senior reviewer of this PPS

    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs