There are three basic academic ranks: assistant professor, associate professor and professor (sometimes called “full professor”). Promotion from one level to the next depends on the candidate’s record in fulfilling assigned responsibilities of teaching, research and service; the decision is made by the candidate’s department and submitted to higher levels of the administrative structure for approval or rejection. The complex rules and policies governing the process are overseen by the academic affairs office.

A named professorship, often but not always created by and named for the donor of the funds setting up the endowment which supports it, is called a chair. Titles of named professorships are capitalized (Grendel Professor of Family Law); regular professorial positions are lower case (She is an associate professor of law).

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Plural possessive; upper case because the title is comparable to a chaired professorship.

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Upper case only before the name: President Abraham Baldwin appeared. Josiah Meigs, president of the University of Georgia, attended. When used without the name, use lower case: The president will attend the meeting.

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Or the Office of the President. Always capitalized.

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Capitalize. Students who earn a 4.0 grade point ­average for the semester receive the designation Presidential Scholar; they are not technically on the dean’s list of their school or college, although the two lists are distributed together.

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Houses the College of Pharmacy. The formal name is the Robert C. Wilson College of Pharmacy.

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Capitalize this general term for the original campus area, north of Baldwin Street and between Lumpkin and Jackson streets.

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Capitalize office when it is part of an official name: The Equal Opportunity Office is investigating the complaint. Lowercase all other uses: Faculty records are handled in the academic affairs office.

Exception: Both the President’s Office and the Office of the President always are capitalized.

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The Division of Marketing & Communications does not italicize newspaper names or place them in quotes in media releases; do not capitalize the definitive article unless it also is italicized.

In Chicago (and Columns) style, italicize the name and do not capitalize (or italicize) the definitive article on first or subsequent references.

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Formal name of this building is the Ilah Dunlap Little Memorial Library. The commonly recognized name for the building is the Main Library, which is acceptable on first reference.

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