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Professors Emeriti

Here is what the Faculty Handbook says about the title of Professor Emeritus:

Any member of the professional staff who retires after ten years in the tenured rank of university professor, professor, or associate professor and who has rendered distinguished and meritorious service to the university, may be appointed professor emeritus by the provost after recommendation by the members of the particular department and the dean of the college or school faculty to which the retiring member belonged. (See also Retirement in section 4.1). A professor who does not seek or is not qualified or approved for emeritus status is considered a retired academic. Emeritus status is not available for other academic titles. Professor emeritus is a continuing appointment status, inactive until a “rehire” appointment is approved. Administrative and executive service is possible within the title professor emeritus.

By vote of their graduate fields, emeritus professors will be granted the working designation “Graduate School Professor of (field)”. This designation, which can be used on grant and contact applications, will permit an individual to retain the rights of other graduate faculty in the field. Maximum terms are five years, renewable. Records are maintained by the Graduate School and inquiries may be directed to the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School.

A Professor Emeritus is a voting member of the University Faculty.

Cornell Association for Professors Emeritus.

Founded in 1982, Cornell Association of Professor’s Emeriti (CAPE) has taken a leading role in fostering social and professional community among retired faculty through varied programs and activities, such as the Lecture Series, Roundtable luncheons, and volunteer programs to name a few.

Pre-Retirement Planning

Cornell University hosts a four-part pre-retirement planning seminar series every semester for faculty and staff who are preparing to retire. Seminars are geared for employees who are at least age 45. (Webcasts will begin upon click and open in a new browser.)

Phased Retirement Policies

The university’s Phased Retirement Program for Cornell Ithaca/Endowed and Cornell NYC Tech Faculty permits eligible full-time tenured faculty members in the endowed colleges at Ithaca to reduce their teaching, research, and administrative duties prior to retirement.

The Emeritus Rank

Cornell University provides many benefits to its retirees.  Most of these benefits for the university’s endowed and contract colleges are described here.

Last Updated: August 11, 2016 at 12:49 pm