Professor Emeritus Recognition


Every year, Professor Emeritus awards are presented at Commencement to individuals selected by the faculty Committee on Honorary Degrees and approved by the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees. On October 11, 2013, President Hurwitz announced that the following individuals had been awarded Professor Emeritus or Professor Emerita status. They will be formally recognized during Gallaudet's 145th Annual Commencement on May 16, 2014.

  • Dr. Rachel M. Hartig, Department of World Languages and Cultures
  • Dr. Robert E. Johnson, Department of Linguistics
  • Dr. Carol J. LaSasso, Department of Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences
  • Dr. Scott K. Liddell, Department of Linguistics
  • Dr. Ellen Loughran, Department of World Languages and Cultures
  • Dr. Ceil Lucas, Department of Linguistics
  • Mr. Donald O. Peterson, Department of Science, Technology, and Mathematics

Nomination Procedure

Nominees for Professor Emeritus must have 20 or more years of distinguished service as a faculty member, and must have retired within the last ten years, i.e., since 2005. Faculty members who have announced their plans to retire before or during the 2014-2015 academic year may be nominated this year..

Nominations for Professor Emeritus status will be accepted on an ongoing basis. The deadline for receipt of nominations for 2015 was Friday, November 1, 2013, and nominations are now closed. Nominations for 2016 are being accepted, with a deadline date of Friday, October 31, 2014.

Supporting material for each nomination for recognition in 2016 must include:

  • a completed nomination form for 2016 [Word] [PDF],
  • a supporting letter from the nominee's department as a whole, describing why the nominee should be awarded Professor Emeritus status,
  • documented evidence of the nominee's achievements and his/her impact on students, colleagues, and deaf and hard of hearing people generally, and
  • the nominee's curriculum vitae, or information that would ordinarily be included in a curriculum vitae.

Additional letters of support from individual department members, from faculty in other departments, from other members of the university community, or from people outside the university are welcome.


Please email the Office of the Provost, or call 202-250-2071 videophone.

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