Honorific Professorial Titles
This document provides information on honorific professorial titles.
The Secretary of the Faculty Office publishes guidelines on the use of Professorial Working titles. These titles are considered for outstanding academic staff members with terminal degrees and titles of Associate Scientist, Senior Scientist and Distinguished Scientist, or retired faculty who hold university appointments of 0.50 FTE or greater and whose funding is at least 0.50 FTE from non-state GPR sources, per academic year.
These titles are intended as a means of recognizing an individual's research accomplishments and contributions both within and outside the university. Criteria for bestowing honorary research professor titles include:
- Excellent research that makes an original contribution to knowledge and culture;
- substantial productivity as compared to national or international peers;
- significant recognition outside the university and the state; and
- high expectation of continued excellence and productivity.
Requests for conferring honorific professorial titles should be sent to Dean Karl Scholz. The Office of the Secretary of the Faculty provides a list of materials to be submitted with these requests, which are considered twice each year, in May and in December. L&S deadlines for accepting requests fall one month before the April 1 and November 1 campus committee deadlines.