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.

Information regarding salary and benefits of Research Professors is available from the FAS Financial Office, at 617-495-1525.