Definition of emerita in US English:



  • postpositive (of a woman who is the former holder of an office, especially a female college professor) having retired but allowed to retain her title as an honor.

    ‘a professor emerita’
    ‘the librarian emerita of Wellesley College’
    • ‘The evening was made possible through the generosity of Melcer's colleague and companion Billie Ann Burrill, professor emerita and founder of the dance department.’
    • ‘Snow, an MTNA member from Albuquerque, New Mexico, is professor emerita in the Department of Music of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico.’
    • ‘She is President emerita of Spelman College and Professor emerita of Emory University from which she retired as Presidential Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Women's Studies and African American Studies.’
    • ‘Pacheco is professor emerita of history at George Mason University, author of The Legacy of George Mason and co-author of Three Who Dared.’
    • ‘Sperry was given the title associate professor emerita at Berkeley and, four years after winning her case, she was awarded two years back pay for the period during which she had been deprived of her teaching position.’
    • ‘Scarr is professor of psychology emerita at the University of Virginia and spent nine years on the Board of Directors of KinderCare Learning Centers, the nation's largest child-care company.’
    • ‘When she retired, the university named her honorary professor emerita.’
    • ‘But for Cole, the beloved president emerita of Spelman College, who has the helm at both Bennett College and the board of United Way of America, the enthusiasm has to be tempered.’
    • ‘Johnson retired from the military in 1983 and is currently professor emerita of nursing at George Mason University.’
    • ‘Ahrons, now professor emerita of sociology in the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, decided to return to this random sampling of children 20 years later to see how children of divorces fared in adulthood.’
    • ‘Their teaching credentials range from visiting assistant professor to distinguished professor and professor emerita.’
    • ‘She is professor emerita of English, dramatic literature, linguistics, and anthropology at Stanford University and professor at large at the Watson Institute of International Studies at Brown University.’
    • ‘Professor emerita of psychology at Delaware State University, Buck has been an active member of the AAUP since 1965.’
    • ‘A twenty-five-year member of the University of Delaware faculty, Gaddis is presently associate professor emerita.’
    • ‘Today Lerner - emerita professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison - is generally credited with founding the field of women's history.’
    • ‘Schlundt also worked with the California Dance Educators Association and the Congress on Research in Dance, and was a professor emerita at the University of California-Riverside.’
    • ‘She is professor of history emerita at the University of California at Los Angeles.’
    • ‘She is professor emerita of the University of Southern California.’
    • ‘She was awarded professor emerita status by West Virginia University after a career as an applied piano teacher and as director of the preparatory department at WVU.’
    • ‘Reist is associate professor emerita, School of Music, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.’