The status of professor emeritus may be obtained by a former employee of Masaryk University with the academic rank of professor who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of the University or its units through his or her lifelong teaching and scientific activities.
A professor emeritus is an honorary member of the MU academic community and the faculty with the right to contribute to the activities of MU, its faculties, and other institutes. They may play an active role in university life, primarily as consultants on conceptual issues and scholarly and scientific questions. Based on agreements with the faculty, department, or institute heads, a professor emeritus may also contribute to research activities or other activities, or conduct their own research.
The list of emeriti professors for the MU Faculty of Science can be found here.
Procedure for the appointment of professor emeritus
The procedure is regulated by MU Directive No. 5/2018 on Professor Emeritus Status (in Czech). The proposal for appointment shall be submitted by any academic staff member to the Head of the Department of the Faculty where the nominated professor worked. It is a written proposal that includes the nominee's personal data and a justification for the nomination of approximately one page of text; it is accompanied by the nominee's professional CV. The Head of the Department forwards the proposal to the Dean through the Department for Doctoral Studies, Quality, Academic Affairs and Internationalization of the MU Faculty of Science. In case of the Dean's approval, the proposal is submitted to the Scientific Board of the Faculty of Science for approval. The Dean then submits the proposal with the approval of the Scientific Board to the Rector for a decision.
The usual form of submitting the proposal to the Rector is a letter from the Dean, which should include:
- a letter nominating the professor for the rank of professor emeritus,
- a nominee's professional CV,
- the minutes from the faculty's scientific board meeting at which the nomination was approved.
The information on the Rector's decision on the appointment as professor emeritus will be forwarded by the Academic Affairs Office of RMU to both the faculty and the newly appointed professor emeritus. The Department that created the proposal will then arrange a contract with the Professor Emeritus according to the template available on the document server (in Czech). The appointment is confirmed at a ceremony at which the rector gives a degree of appointment to the professor emeritus, which usually takes place at a meeting of the Masaryk University's Scientific Board.
Act No. 111/1998 Coll., on higher education as amended (the Higher Education Act), establishes that an institute of higher education that has acquired institutional accreditation in a certain area of instruction can establish the position of adjunct professor. Masaryk University acquired institutional accreditation in May 2018 for a period of ten years in 23 areas of instruction. A list is available here (in Czech).
According to the Higher Education Act, holding the position of an adjunct professor is in many respects comparable to possessing the title of associate professor or professor. There are, however, some limitations associated with this position, which are outlined here (in Czech). A person can be hired as an adjunct professor only if they have reached a status equivalent to associate professor or professor outside of the Czech Republic, or if they are a prominent expert who has at least 20 years of experience teaching in a higher education setting.
The process and rules for hiring an adjunct professor are described in Regulations on Competitive Selection Procedures at Masaryk University.
The list of adjunct professors for the MU Faculty of Science can be found here.
The procedure for hiring an adjunct professor
The proposal of the Head of the Department for filling the position of an adjunct professor is first submitted with a brief justification to the head of the Personnel Office of the Faculty of Science, Mgr. Kneblová.
After approval at this level, the proposal is included in the program of the Scientific Board of the Faculty of Science. Only after the approval by the scientific board of the faculty, it is possible to submit the proposal with all appendices to the rector.
Annexes to the proposal include:
- an applicant’s CV,
- documents confirming compliance with legal requirements,
- the minutes from the meeting of the board responsible for the selection process (if such a meeting was held) or a description and justification of why the position is being filled in this manner;
- the minutes from the meeting of the Scientific Board of the Faculty of Science,
- other documents deemed necessary by the Head of the Department in question.
To submit a proposal, please use the form found here (in Czech).