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Editorial Styleguide

academic titles

Use “Dr.” before a name only when the person in question has a medical degree (M.D., DMD, DDS or DVM); it is assumed that UofL faculty possess the terminal degree in their field.

Capitalize and spell out formal titles such as “president” and “chair” ONLY when they precede a name: Chair Jane Smith. Lowercase elsewhere.

Professor should always be lowercase, even when preceding a name.

Do not use academic and job titles in conjunction: Dean Jane Doe NOT Dean Dr. Jane Doe.

Do not use an academic title with a degree: professor Jane Smith or Jane Smith, Ph.D., NOT professor Jane Smith, Ph.D.

If a professor holds an endowed chair or special professorship, capitalize the full name of the title: John Doe, Dunley Professor of Academic Law. The full name of the chair often includes first names and middle initials of the donor; these can be omitted in normal use. Lowercase modifiers (per AP Style Guide, see “Titles: Past and Future” entry): department Chairman John Jones; acting Provost John Hancock.

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