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Professor Emerita/Emeritus and Honorary Degrees

Professor Emerita/Emeritus

The University Council, on recommendation from the Ceremonial and Honorary Degrees Committee (CHDC), may confer the title of Professor Emerita or Professor Emeritus (according to the preference of the nominee) on former professorial staff in recognition of their outstanding leadership, service and contributions to the University. The title conferred on a Distinguished Professor will be Distinguished Professor Emerita/Emeritus.


Since 15 January 2022, all students and staff, including Professors Emerita/Emeritus, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a medical exemption in order to attend any of the University’s campuses. This requirement extends to all teaching and research sites and any location where a University of Tasmania activity or event is taking place. Proof of your vaccination status can be uploaded to the University’s Service Now portal.

While we strongly encourage uploading proof of your vaccination status, not having done so will not impact on the status of any Professor Emerita/Emeritus appointment, however you will not be permitted to attend any University campus or any University activity or event held off campus. Further information about the University’s approach to minimising COVID-19 risks and keeping people safe on our campuses is available from the University's website and intranet.


High level policy principles relevant to honorary academic titles such as this one are contained in the Academic Promotions, Honorary and Adjunct Titles Policy. More detailed information on this title and making nominations is in the Honorary Academic Titles Procedure.

Nominations are made by a Head of School/Institute/Divisional section and their case for conferral, outlining the reasons why the former professor is worthy of such eminent recognition by the University Council, is endorsed by the Executive Dean. The nominee's current curriculum vitae completes the nomination documents which are submitted along with a draft Ceremonial and Honorary Degrees Committee paper (in Word) from the Vice-Chancellor recommending the Committee endorse the nomination. Contact your College Office for a template.

Nominations for Professor Emerita/Emeritus are submitted to Honorary.Titles.Admin@utas.edu.au and should be received a month prior to the Ceremonial and Honorary Degrees Committee meeting date to allow sufficient time to receive Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Vice-Chancellor endorsement prior to being referred to the Committee.

CHDC is scheduled to meet on Wednesday 30 March and Thursday 28 July 2022.

CHDC consider the nominations and Council may confer the title on their recommendation.

NOTE: if the nominee is intending to make an ongoing contribution to the University’s teaching and research activities after they leave the University, including supervision of HDRs, they must also seek a current adjunct appointment via the usual appointment processes for adjuncts.

Please contact Honorary.Titles.Admin@utas.edu.au for advice about nominations for Professor Emerita/Emeritus.

Honorary Degrees

Council may confer honorary degrees ‘on people who, in the opinion of the Council, are distinguished visitors or outstanding scholars or who have given outstanding service to the Commonwealth, the State or the University'. A list of the University of Tasmania's Honorary Graduates is published on the Alumni web page.

Candidates for Honorary Degrees may be considered under one or more of the categories. Please see the following guidelines and advice regarding nomination material.