Emeritus Faculty

Definition:This policy describes eligibility, procedure, privileges, and criteria for awarding emeritus status to retired faculty.
Authority:The President of the University
Scope:CSUSM Faculty.
Responsible Division:Academic Affairs
Approval Date:05/24/2006
Implementation Date:05/24/2006
Originally Implemented:04/17/2000
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Emerita/Emeritus status is an honorary title awarded for distinguished service to the academic community. The President (or designee) shall bestow the title on a temporary or tenure-track instructional faculty member, librarian, or SSP-AR who is entering retirement from CSUSM and who has served the University with distinction. It is expected that emerita/emeritus status will be granted to faculty members who have contributed continuously throughout their career and have a distinguished professional record.


Normally, emerita/emeritus status is limited to those individuals who:

  1. for tenure-track instructional faculty, hold the rank of full professor with tenure and have at least 10 years of active unit-3 faculty service to CSUSM, or
  2. for librarians, hold the rank of full librarian with tenure and have at least 10 years of active unit-3 faculty service to CSUSM, or
  3. for SSP-ARs, hold the rank of SSP-AR III with tenure and have at least 10 years of active unit-3 faculty service to CSUSM, or
  4. for temporary instructional faculty, have served for at least 10 years in full-time employment or have accumulated part-time service equivalent to 10 years of full-time service.

These eligibility criteria may be waived in exceptional cases.


A. Deans shall inform their colleges in a timely manner of the retirement of each employee who is eligible for emerita/emeritus status.

B. Each nomination of an eligible candidate shall be presented to the appropriate department chair, dean, or program director, who shall then refer it to a representative committee of the nominee's academic unit. This committee shall evaluate the candidate's curriculum vitae based on the criteria stated in section V, and shall determine whether to recommend the candidate for emerita/emeritus status.

C. If the committee makes a positive decision, it shall forward the candidate's curriculum vitae and a recommendation letter to the Dean outlining why the candidate should be granted emerita/emeritus status based on the recommendation criteria.

D. The Dean shall review the recommendation and state in writing whether s/he concurs with the recommendation.

E. Both recommendations shall then be forwarded to the Provost who shall make his/her recommendation.

F. The President (or designee) shall make a final determination based on his/her review of the recommendations.

G. Emerita/Emeritus status may be bestowed posthumously.

H. The President (or designee) shall announce the names of faculty awarded emeritus status at spring commencement.


A. Emeriti faculty are considered an important and integral part of the university community.

B. Emeriti faculty shall be recognized through:

  1. listing of the names of emeriti faculty in the campus commencement program at the time of retirement,
  2. issuing a permanent ID card indicating status as an emerita/emeritus member of the faculty,
  3. listing of name and title of all emeriti faculty in all university catalogues,
  4. listing of name and title in the CSUSM phone directory.
C. Upon commencement of retirement and approval of emeritus status by the President (or designee), the following privileges shall become available:
  1. eligibility to propose research projects/creative endeavors, compete for and administer grants from agencies outside the CSU system,
  2. free parking privileges,
  3. emeritus level library and technology privileges (to be determined by LATAC in consultation with the Library and IITS, and to be reviewed annually),
  4. invited participation in selected department, school and university functions,
  5. attendance at public university functions and celebrations affirming the academic mission of the university,
  6. invitations to participate in seminars, lectures, and scholarly meetings and ceremonies both as contributors and attendees.


When formally recommending a faculty member for emeritus status, the representative committee of the relevant academic unit must demonstrate that the candidate has achieved excellence in the performance of his or her appropriate professional duties in all of the areas of normal review.

  1. At the request of the emerita/emeritus faculty, he or she will be listed in the CSUSM phone directory.
  2. For faculty opting into the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP), emerita/emeritus privileges listed in Section IV.3 will become available upon completion of FERP.