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Faculty Titles Dictionary – Honorary and Endowed Appointments

For all Faculty and Staff in the AAUP Bargaining Unit


The University’s ByLaws describe the conditions under which a retired faculty member attains the status of emeritus. The relevant section of Article XV.I is reprinted below.

” . . . . 2. Since it is in the interest of the University and the public that emeriti, as defined in paragraph 5., continue their scholarly activities, the University encourages the maintenance of informal and scholarly contacts between emeriti and their active colleagues and will endeavor to provide working space, equipment, library facilities, and the like to all who can demonstrate reasonable need. Such support will be contingent upon availability of resources at the time. Deans and department heads, where appropriate, will seek to enlist the services of emeriti in professional activities such as lecturing, serving on academic committees, and advising students. . . .

5. Any member of the faculty, who at the time of retirement is at the University of Connecticut and retires under the provisions of the State Retirement Act, will become an emeritus member of the faculty provided that one of the following conditions is met:

a. The faculty member has served at least 25 years at collegiate institutions including at least five years at the University of Connecticut.

b. The faculty member has attained the rank of full professor at The University of Connecticut. Faculty not meeting either condition above, or other professional staff, may become emeriti by vote of the Board of Trustees following recommendation of the President and Faculty Retirement Committee.


Distinguished Chair

A Distinguished Chair is a new position with a budget targeted at recruiting exceptional faculty to the University. By supporting the establishment of a Distinguished Chair a donor would enable the attracting of stellar faculty. Appointment to such a Chair should fill an identified need in an established strategy for the improvement of specific programs. Distinguished Chair holders would be individuals who, when given appropriate financial support and a sufficient “start up” capability, would provide the University with the margin of excellence needed within a particular academic endeavor. A combination of teaching and research and the ability to contribute to the economic well-being of the State of the Connecticut are among the sought-after qualities of faculty who would hold Distinguished Chairs.

Each Distinguished Chair requires a significant contribution of resources on the part of the University in partnership with the donor in order to establish the chair and to provide the ongoing salary, benefits and program support necessary to accomplish the chair’s purpose. The University commitment would be derived from a combination of resources from the Chancellor, Dean, and Department Head.

The selection of Distinguished Chair holders would be overseen by a Standing University Search Committee whose purpose would be to ensure a consistently high standard among Distinguished Chair holders across the University as well as to assure Chair caliber and quality within the discipline.

If a donor wishes to create a Distinguished chair in an area not targeted within the strategy for improvement of academic programs at the University, the proposal will be reviewed by the Chancellor and the cognizant Dean and Department Head. Acceptance of the proposal may be approved contingent on the donor providing full funding, or upon development of an alternative funding plan. (Funding Level: $2.5 million)

Endowed Chair

An Endowed Chair is intended not to enable new initiatives but rather to improve existing programs by providing supplemental monies to be used, most frequently, to attract a new faculty member into an existing position. It could, however, be used to retain or reward an individual of exceptional accomplishment who is already on the faculty.

Supplemental monies might be used in areas such as salary enhancement, professional travel and expenses, program costs (newsletters, conferences, visits to colleagues), and administrative and research support personnel.

The holder of an Endowed Chair will be a full professor who will most likely hold the position for life, although term awards are not without possibility. (Funding Level: $1 million)

Named Professorship

A Named Professorship has characteristics similar to those of an Endowed Chair with two exceptions: funding level and faculty rank. It would provide supplemental monies to attract a new faculty member or to reward or retain an existing faculty member; it would be aimed at improving existing programs. However, tenured associate professors (or above) would be eligible to hold a Named Professorship. (Fund level: $500,000)


A Faculty Fellowship is intended to retain, to encourage, or to attract young or junior faculty and its holder will be from among those faculty ranks. Further, it will be a term award, the funding being made available for a finite period of time. Otherwise, the characteristics of a Faculty Fellowship are consistent with those of other endowed positions inasmuch as the intent is to improve existing programs through providing supplemental monies for the retention or recruiting of junior faculty of accomplishment. (Funding Level: $250,000)

Expendable Multi-Year Commitments – It may happen, particularly in the case of corporations or foundations, that a donor may be willing to make a multi-year commitment to achieve the same effect as such term giving opportunities as a Named Professorship or Faculty Fellowship. This form of commitment would be acceptable as long as all parties understood that the funding, being a term award, had an end date.

Last reviewed January 2008