Rice University Research Policy No.
Honorary titles are awarded to, and withdrawn from, faculty at the
pleasure of the President in consultation with the appropriate
Rice University recognizes the four tenure-track faculty ranks of
Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, and University
Professor, the two non-tenure-track faculty ranks of Instructor and
Lecturer, and the three non-tenure-track research faculty ranks of
Faculty Fellow, Senior Faculty Fellow and Distinguished Faculty
Fellow. These positions are governed by Rice Policies 201-03,
214-03, and 327-90. Additional non-tenure-track academic or
professional research staff titles are identified in Rice policies
or the General Announcements.
Faculty in the above-cited ranks may on occasion be awarded
additional honorary titles by the President based on past
performance and with the expectation of future performance that
meets expectations for such honorary titles. Such titles are often
referred to as endowed chairs and are typically entitled as the
"[Funding Source] [Rank] in [Program]" such as the "J.S.
Abercrombie Professor in Engineering".
The decision to award such honors will involve the Dean of the
school in which the honor is expected to be awarded and/or is
currently held. In addition, the Dean of each school should appoint
an Honorary Title Committee selected from among tenured faculty
holding honorary titles. For awarding new honors the Dean should
consult with that committee for its recommendation of a faculty
member to be suggested to the President.
When an honorary titleholder is perceived to be deficient in his or
her level of performance, the cognizant Dean shall have the
school's Honorary Title Committee review the performance and
prepare a report to the Dean. If a deficiency is identified, the
committee should suggest a way for the honor holder to remove the
deficiency and, if feasible, set a reasonable date by which to
accomplish that change. The Dean should so inform the titleholder
of such negative findings. If, at the end of any such remediation
period, the Dean deems the performance still to be deficient, the
President shall be informed in writing. If the President then
decides to withdraw the honor, the honorary titleholder shall then
be so informed.
If the honorary titleholder feels that his or her academic freedom
has been infringed or has procedural objections, then that faculty
member has 30 days in which to request the Convener of the Appeals
and Grievances Committee Faculty Council to form a review
committee. That committee shall consist of three tenured members of
the faculty, holding honorary titles, selected by the Convener.
That committee shall carry out an inquiry and submit its
confidential recommendations to the President, with copies to the
grievant and to the Convener and Speaker of Faculty Council. The
President will then inform the faculty member of the final
disposition of the honorary title.
Policy No. 202-03
Dated: Feb. 3, 2003