There are four different categories of honorary appointments at Trent University:
- Honorary Professor
- The title of 'Honorary Professor' is conferred by Senate upon recommendation by the Committee on Academic Personnel (COAP). This title is intended for distinguished faculty members who have permanently retired from other universities but who wish to maintain a special relationship with Trent. They may or may not be attached to a specific academic program or department
- Adjunct Faculty
- This title is intended for persons who are academically qualified to participate in the work of the University but who are not permanent employees of Trent University. Normally, they will hold professorial status at Trent in conjunction with external employment. Appointees to this title may perform at either the undergraduate or graduate level. It is expected that such individuals will contribute in a substantive way to the department or program to which they are appointed.
- Research Associates
- This status is intended for independent scholars such as those holding postdoctoral fellowships or other awards from external agencies, who wish to maintain a temporary association with the University.
- Honorary Associates
- This status is intended for individuals outside Trent in non-academic professions making a significant long-term contribution to the University's academic program, through, e.g. consultancy, occasional guest lectures or seminars, supervision of theses at undergraduate or graduate level, or co-operation on research projects.
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