University at Albany

Vincent O'Leary Professorship

I am pleased to announce the establishment of the Vincent O'Leary Professorship - an opportunity that honors selected senior members of the UAlbany teaching faculty. O'Leary Professors hold a special assignment for up to three years post-retirement, allowing the University to retain the important experience and contributions of these valued colleagues while also enabling them to adjust the level of their responsibilities.

O'Leary Professors may contribute to the University's research, teaching, and service missions in accordance with an individual agreement negotiated annually with the applicable dean and subject to approval by the Provost. In addition, O'Leary Professors may enjoy:

  • a special assigned obligation;
  • participation in directing masters theses and doctoral dissertations as appropriate;
  • eligibility for available travel funds;
  • full e-mail, fax, and phone services, as well as full parking, library, and athletic facilities privileges;
  • and office space appropriate to the continuing assignment.

The duration of the appointment (one, two, or three years) depends on the post-retirement assignment. O'Leary Professors may be compensated up to 25% of the appointee's final academic year salary, not to exceed the maximum permitted by the laws governing retirement earnings.

At the end of the term of appointment, O'Leary Professors continue in emeritus status at the rank of retirement. Emeritus faculty continue to have the opportunity to teach at least one course each year by mutual agreement with the University and to enjoy designated University privileges and space, as available.

Questions about this initiative may be referred to Senior Vice Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs William Hedberg in the Provost's Office ( Individuals interested in exploring the possibility of an O'Leary Professorship should contact their dean.


Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
January 20, 2009