Volume 13, Number 4 October 7, 2005

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President to look at emeritus policy and report to Council

President Peter MacKinnon will look into the effect of the policy on awarding professor emeritus status to retiring professors, after a member of University Council suggested at Council’s Sept. 22 meeting that it’s not working well.

Lois Jaeck, Associate Professor of Languages & Linguistics, told MacKinnon the honour “used to be given to almost all full professors”, but now it’s being given to fewer retirees, and it’s insulting them and causing hard feelings. Jaeck added it could hurt the University’s ability to raise donations from the professors. She said the title should be given more freely, “to promote loyalty and goodwill”.

MacKinnon agreed there is “a need to maintain good relations with retirees”. He said he will look into the emeritus policy and report back to Council.

The policy says the President can give the title to retiring full professors who have served for at least 10 years and who have made “superior contributions” in an aspect of their professional service. “Award of the title is considered an honour and will not be automatically conferred on all retiring faculty,” the policy adds. Departments and colleges vote on nominations and the Provost also adds his recommendation before it is decided by the President.

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