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Eligibility for consideration for conferment of the title Emeritus Professor normally is restricted, on retirement to holders of a structural or personal professorial title, and after not less than ten years' service with the University.

Conferment of the title shall be restricted to those who are deemed to have made a distinguished contribution to teaching and research in their chosen academic field, and in service to the University in general.

Those awarded the title of Emeritus Professor will have continued to meet the expectations for a professor at the University of Otago through to the time of their retirement, including:

  • showing leadership in fostering excellence in research, professional practice, teaching, and service
  • having an outstanding record of scholarly and professional achievement in their relevant discipline area and/or their profession
  • making a significant contribution to the wider community (locally, nationally and internationally) in a manner consistent with the sphere of influence of their academic discipline
  • having the respect and esteem of their colleagues within the University and within their discipline
  • contributing to the life of the University with distinction.

Other information

Authority to appoint

Conferred by the University Council on the recommendation of the Vice-Chancellor.

Further information about conferring the title of Emeritus Professor

Employment agreements

Emeritus Professor is a title that may be awarded where a professor has permanently retired from regular continuous employment. There is no employment agreement for Emeritus Professors.

Appropriate employment agreements will apply if an Emeritus Professor is appointed to a paid position.

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Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF)

Emeritus Professors appointed to paid positions may need to provide an Evidence Portfolio.

Find out more about the PBRF

Key contacts

Dan Wilson
HR Manager - Promotions & Remuneration
64 3 479 8092

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