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Faculty Titles Dictionary – Honorary and Endowed Appointments

For all Faculty and Staff in the AAUP Bargaining Unit


  • Any member of the faculty, who at the time of retirement is at the University of Connecticut and either retires under the provisions of the State Retirement Act or the Alternate Retirement Plan, may be awarded emeritus status. Also eligible is any member of the faculty who retires from an affiliated institution and whose promotion to the rank of Professor in the School of Medicine or School of Dental Medicine was based on scholarship after review by the Senior Appointments and Promotions Committee, Dean, and Provost.
  • Appointment to emeritus status requires a positive vote of the Board of Trustees or Health Center Board of Directors (for faculty members with primary appointments in the School of Medicine or School of Dental Medicine). Candidates may be presented to the appropriate Board when both of the following conditions are met:
    1. a. The faculty member holds the rank of full professor or equivalent title (e.g. Senior Extension Educator) at the University of Connecticut.
    2. b. The faculty member has served at the University of Connecticut for at least five years at this rank.
  • There shall be a standing University of Connecticut Retirement Committee. Faculty members who do not meet both conditions described in Section 2a and Section 2b above may become emeriti by vote of the Board of Trustees or the Health Center Board of Directors following recommendation of the President and the Retirement Committee. Other professional staff are also eligible for this designation following recommendation of the President and the Retirement Committee.
  • These provisions are in the By-Laws of the University of Connecticut, Article XIV – The University Staff, Section K.
  • By-Laws of the University of Connecticut (PDF)


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