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Honorific Appointments

The content on this page applies to the following career tracks:

     Team Scientists

Endowed Professorships

Appointment in an endowed professorship occurs with a nomination from the Department Chair, which must be approved by the Dean, Provost, and Board of Trustees.  Most endowed professorships are for renewable terms of 3 or 5 years. The Board of Trustees meets 4 times per year, and professorship nominations are due to the FSM Dean's Office approximately 2 months prior to the Board's meeting date.  

For the 2019-2020 academic year, professorship nominations should be submitted to the Faculty Affairs Office by the following dates: 

     July 26, 2019 (for Board meeting on September 20, 2019)
     September 27, 2019 (for Board meeting on November 15, 2019)
     January 6, 2020 (for Board meeting on March 6, 2020)
     April 17, 2020 (for Board meeting on June 15, 2020) 
     July 31, 2020 (for Board meeting on September 25, 2020)

 New Nomination to Endowed Professorship

To nominate a faculty member for an endowed professorship:

  • Step 1: Department Chair should contact the FSM Dean to discuss the nomination
  • Step 2: If the Dean is supportive of proceeding with the nomination, submit the following documents by email to

 Reappointment in an Endowed Professorship

To reappoint a faculty member in an endowed professorship, please submit the following documents by email to 

Emeritus Status

Appointment as emeritus faculty is an honor bestowed upon retiring faculty whose special accomplishments have helped Feinberg achieve one or more of its various missions, brought distinction to the medical school, or for those who plan to contribute to the mission of the school in one or more meaningful ways after retiring. Eligibility for emeritus status is typically reserved for faculty members who will be retired fully from their academic position, are aged 55 or older, and have a minimum of 10 years of continuous service to Northwestern at the time of retirement.

Appointment as emeritus faculty requires approval of the Dean, Provost, and Board of Trustees. Chairs should make a recommendation to the Dean for appointment as emeritus faculty using the “Chairman’s Recommendation Form for Emeritus Appointment.”  This request should typically be submitted when a faculty member announces his/her intention to retire.

Qualification for emeritus status requires: evidence of longstanding contributions to the education, research, and/or clinical missions of the medical school with evidence of national recognition for one’s accomplishments; evidence of significant service to the medical school and/or University communities; and plans for ongoing contributions to the teaching and/or research missions of the medical school. 

Because part-time and adjunct faculty typically have significant professional responsibilities outside the medical school and University, they will generally not have achieved a record of service specific to Northwestern to warrant appointment to emeritus status.

 Nominate a Faculty Member for Emeritus Status

Submit paper copies of the following documents to the Faculty Affairs Office:

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