The process typically begins when a retiring or retired faculty member or University administrator informs his/her department chair that he/ she wishes to be distinguished as an emeritus/emerita. Upon departmental review and approval, the chair forwards the recommendation to the dean of the college, who adds his/ her own recommendation and forwards the request to the provost, who sends it to the President’s office for approval.
The President of Georgia State University bestows the title, Emeritus/Emerita, on faculty and administration who have distinguished themselves through research, teaching and/or service with ten or more years of honorable and distinguished service. The distinction is then acknowledged by the Georgia Board of Regents.
When you are awarded emeritus/emerita status, you automatically become a member of the Georgia State University Emeriti Association. No paperwork is necessary and no dues are required. The Association provides Emeriti opportunities for intellectual, creative, and social connections with each other through events of interest at the University and in the communities served by the University. The Emeriti Association is represented on the University Senate as a non-voting, ex-officio member.
All Emeriti are encouraged to stay connected and to be active in the Emeriti Association. Partnering with the Honors Program, the Emeriti Association financially contributes to “Just in Time”, a program that supports conference attendance and research presentations of selected honor program students. Many Emeriti members also donate food and money in support of the Panther Pantry, a food resource for needy GSU students. The Georgia State Emeriti Association is also an active member of the Georgia Higher Education Retiree Organization (Ga. HERO) and the American Retiree Organization of Higher Education (AROHE).