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Professor Emeritus Status for CCRI Retired Faculty

The Community College of Rhode Island shall grant Professor Emeritus status to retired CCRI faculty who meet the qualifications agreed upon by the CCRI Emeritus Review Board and the President’s Council. Emeritus status recognizes a faculty member’s extraordinary service to the college and encourages a continuing relationship to the institution; emeritus status is not automatic upon retirement. Emeritus faculty benefit from selected privileges associated with this honor, and in return understand their ongoing responsibility to support CCRI in appropriate and reasonable ways.

To qualify as Professor Emeritus a retired faculty must:
  1. Have achieved the level of full professor plus 15 years of service
  2. Demonstrated meritorious contributions to his/her field
  3. Be dedicated to CCRI and to teaching
  4. Be held in high esteem by students and colleagues
  5. Received evaluations recognizing teaching effectiveness throughout his/her tenure
  6. Have actively participated in departmental and institution-wide committees over a substantial period of time

Faculty may be considered for emeritus status at the time of their retirement. The department chair will prepare a written recommendation based on the above “minimum qualifications for consideration” and submit the recommendation to the appropriate Dean by December 1st of each academic year. The recommendation is reviewed by the Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs to assure that it meets the selection criteria. It is then forwarded to the Emeritus Review Board. (The Review Board is comprised of: Vice President for Academic Affairs, Director of Human Resources, President of the Faculty Association (or his designee), and five members from the Retiree Association. The Review Board will meet annually in December to review all recommendations. Applications approved by the Emeritus Review Board will be forwarded to the President’s office for further review and final approval by the President’s Council. If the recommendation is approved, a letter will be sent to the faculty member from CCRI’s President.

Emeritus faculty may provide support to CCRI through:
  1. Student mentoring
  2. Fundraising
  3. Consulting
  4. Guest lecturing
  5. Service on community advisory committees
  6. Planning events
  7. General help for administrative staff
  8. Additional volunteer activities as appropriate
  9. Financial support to the CCRI Foundation
Emeritus faculty privileges include:
  1. Use of the title: Professor Emeritus
  2. A stole to enhance academic regalia
  3. Business cards identifying emeritus status
  4. CCRI ID and email addresses
  5. Use of CCRI library services
  6. Use of CCRI athletic facilities
  7. Use of CCRI parking lot
  8. Receipt of news items from CCRI
  9. Participation in commencement ceremonies
  10. Commencement ambassadors
  11. Recognition at Opening Day
  12. Listing of name under Professors Emeriti in CCCRI college catalog
  13. Name engraved on plaque in Academic Affairs Administrative Office area on Knight Campus (Warwick)

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Last Updated: 6/11/12