titles - academic

Capitalize a title only when it comes before the name. Use lowercase when the title follows the name.

  • Brown President Christina H. Paxson will be inaugurated on Oct. 27, 2012.
  • Christina H. Paxson, Brown’s 19th president, began serving on Monday, July 2, 2012.
  • Andrew G. Campbell, dean of the Graduate School, is the speaker.

Titles may be capitalized when appearing in a list in non-running text, even with they follow the name:

  • Contact:
    Paula Pariss
    Associate Dean of the College
  • Contact:
    Gabriela Simone
    Senior Associate Dean of the College

Be accurate when using professors’ titles. Do not use “professor” as a generic title — the distinction between academic ranks (assistant, associate, full professor, instructor, et al.) is meaningful in higher education. The best source for Brown academic titles is vivo.brown.edu. It is preferable to also confirm titles with the faculty members you are writing about.

When referencing an endowed or named professorship or chair, capitalize it and place it after the name.

  • George Karniadakis, Charles Pitts Robinson and John Palmer Barstow Professor of Applied Mathematics, directed the research team.

Note: Do not use “the” before named professorships. In some cases, there is more than one person with the same title.