Emeritus appointment is bestowed as an honor upon retired full-time faculty in recognition of meritorious service to Case Western Reserve University. The process for appointment to emeritus status requires a recommendation, either positive or negative, by departmental faculty eligible to vote, the department chair, the designated appointment, promotion and tenure committee of the constituent faculty, the dean, and the provost, to the president of the University. The president will make the final decision to forward candidates for conferral of emeritus status by the University Board of Trustees. The privilege of emeritus appointment implies a collegial relationship between the awardee and the University to the mutual benefit of both. It is expected that candidates for emeritus appointment will meet the following conditions:
- Consent of the faculty member;
- Meritorious contributions to the school and to the University;
- Service of at least ten years as a full-time faculty member;
- Minimum retirement age of 60. In exceptional cases, a faculty member who retires early because of disability may be considered for emeritus appointment at an earlier age, provided that the other conditions have been met.
- Retirement from full-time active service at Case Western Reserve University.