Descriptions: Professors Emeriti, Research Professor

(1)   Professors Emeriti

A faculty member assumes the emeritus/a status upon retirement when he or she (a) retires from a tenured faculty position and (b) has reached the age of 60 or more. If these two conditions are met, the faculty member’s title automatically becomes Professor of [Department], Emeritus/a upon retirement. If the individual held an endowed chair while active, that title also carries forward with the Emeritus/a designation. This appointment remains active for the professor’s lifetime.

(2)   Research Professor

In accordance with FAS policies, the title “Research Professor” is available to individuals eligible for, or already holding, emeritus/a status. This title can be held for the five years immediately following retirement. Individuals who prefer this title, in lieu of the regular title of Professor Emerita or Professor Emeritus, should write to the Dean of the Faculty annually to state their planned research activities for the coming year.

The research professor title supersedes the regular title of Professor Emerita or Professor Emeritus during the period in which it is held, but research professors are eligible for all the privileges listed for Professors Emeriti Chapter 12, Section A. In the absence of the annual request for appointment, on specific request from the individual or at the end of the five-year period, the faculty member’s title will revert to the standard Emeritus/a designation.

(3)  Compensation

There are limits on the amount of compensation retired faculty (i.e., emeriti and research professors) can receive from the institution without jeopardizing their status as "retired." Please contact the Harvard Benefits Office at 617-496-4001 for further information.