Capitalize and spell out titles and rank when they precede a name. Use lower case when titles follow a name or stand alone.

  • Professor Bill Quinn ...
  • Professor of Biology Bill Quinn ...
  • biology professor Bill Quinn ... (lowercase titles that are strictly occupational)
  • Christie Wilson, professor of History, ...
  • David Altounian, director of the MBA program at St. Edward’s ...
  • Contact the director of Student Financial Services for assistance ...
  • Head Coach J.J. Riel led her team ...
  • Submit inquiries to the dean of the School of Arts and Humanities ...
  • She served as interim dean of the School of Natural Sciences.
  • He was appointed director of Career and Professional Development.
  • Vice President for Enrollment Management Tracy Manier spoke at ...
  • The Vice President for Enrollment Management, Tracy Manier, spoke at ...
  • Karin Dicks, director of Alumni and Parent Programs, attended ...
  • Father Peter Walsh, CSC, director of Campus Ministry, ...

(Also see Faculty)

When referring to the university president, guidelines are:

  • George E. Martin, PhD, president of St. Edward’s University (formal communications and invitations)
  • George E. Martin, president of St. Edward’s University
  • St. Edward’s University President George E. Martin
    (Avoid using: President George E. Martin, PhD)
  • President George E. Martin
  • She reports to the president of the university.

In certain cases, such as event programs, lists and quote attributions, it is acceptable to capitalize titles following a name.

  • “We have a strong legacy of undergraduate accomplishment in both research and preparation for education in the medical professions.”
    — William J. Quinn, Professor of Biology
  • Do not use courtesy titles (Dr., Mr., Ms., etc.), except in letters. This applies to everyone at the university.
  • There is no comma before “Jr.” or in a name such as John Smith III.
  • Use “for” between “Vice President” and their office: Vice President for University Advancement