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Templin Hall

Residence hall for men and women. 

Theatre & Dance, Department of

In fall 2018, the theatre and dance departments merged to form this department. See also Arts, School of the

Theatre, Department of

Don't use. Instead use Department of Theatre & Dance. The theatre and dance departments merged in fall 2018 to form this department. See also Arts, School of the

theatre, theater

Use the spelling theatre to be consistent with campus organizations, departments, and facilities. KU has an academic Department of Theatre and the University Theatre, which includes the production units. The Department of Theatre, formed in 2009 after a reorganization of KU's fine arts programs, is in the School of the Arts in the College.

time element

References to upcoming events should include day and date as a double check for editors: Monday, Dec. 26. References to events in the past or in the distant future are expressed by date only and should include the year if different from the present: Nov. 3, 2018.


Use noon and midnight, not 12 p.m. or 12 a.m. Omit the colon and two zeros when writing hours: 8 p.m. But 2:30 p.m.

Set off the date with commas when it follows a day of the week and is in apposition to it: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Lied Center. Omit the comma when only day or date is used with the time: 8 p.m. Thursday at the Lied Center or 8 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Lied Center.

The preferred order is time/date/place: 8 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Lied Center.


See also composition titles, courtesy titles, doctor, religious titles


Capitalize only when it precedes the name. Do not repeat with the name on second reference. KU’s chancellor should be referred to as Douglas A. Girod on first reference in all communications. When his title is used in front of his name, capitalize it: Chancellor Douglas A. Girod. The chancellor is a physician, and in limited instances with medical audiences, M.D. may be added after his name: Chancellor Douglas A. Girod, M.D.

Do not use Dr. and don’t combine Chancellor and Dr. in front of the chancellor’s name.

emerita and emeritus titles
Use professor emerita (plural professors emeritae) for a retired female faculty member who retains her academic rank. Use professor emeritus (plural professors emeriti) for a retired male faculty member who retains his academic rank. Use professors emeriti for a group comprising both sexes.

Faculty members may retire with emeritus ranks of assistant, associate, or full professor. In obituaries and other stories about deceased faculty members, drop the assistant or associate rank and use professor emerita or emeritus.

faculty and staff
Use only short titles before names; in most cases, titles are placed after names.

Lowercase staff titles: Mary Smith, maintenance assistant; Brad Brown, editor.

Identify a faculty member by academic rank and discipline: Barbara Anthony-Twarog, professor of physics and astronomy; Ernst S. Dick, professor of Germanic languages and literatures (not professor of German).

     For faculty in the Kress Foundation Department of the History of Art, omit the foundation title: Stephen H. Goddard, professor of history of art.
For faculty in the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications, omit all but journalism: Tien-Tsung Lee, associate professor of journalism.
     Faculty in the School of Music derive titles from their specialty: Julia Broxholm, associate professor of voice.
     For faculty in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences & Disorders, omit all but speech-language-hearing: Mabel L. Rice, professor of speech-language-hearing.
     For distinguished faculty, capitalize the full title: William Picking, Foundation Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

faculty with several titles
If a faculty member has several titles, use only the title or titles most relevant to the story. When in doubt, use the title the person is best known by.

nonprofessorial titles of teaching faculty
Lecturers are lecturers in their subject: Jane Doe, lecturer in psychology. Instructors are instructors of something: John Smith, instructor of dance.

Promotions of faculty and nonteaching tenured staff members become effective at the start of the fiscal year, July 1. Although promotion lists are published in the spring, the announcement is not authority to use a new title immediately.

TRIO McNair Scholars Program

On second reference, McNair Scholars Program is acceptable. Not McNair Scholarships. Students in the McNair Scholars Program receive paid research opportunities, faculty mentors, a GRE preparation course, and tutoring. Do not refer to this as a scholarship program.

Truman scholarships, Truman scholars

Truman scholarships are awarded by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.