University Marketing and Communications is changing its policy starting January 2020 regarding the use of Dr. as a courtesy title. It had been the rule to use Dr. only for those individuals with a medical degree, in alignment with Associated Press style. UMC now endorses use of the title to identify faculty who have obtained Ph.D., Ed.D., AuD, or D.F.A. degrees. There are no other changes regarding the use of courtesy titles (i.e. Mr., Mrs., etc.), which are still not to be included in text.
The courtesy title of Dr. is to be used when referencing ISU faculty, retirees, and alumni in all instances, from feature stories to class notes. This applies to alumni who obtained their doctorates from another institution. The title also applies to guest speakers, visiting professors, faculty research partners from other campuses, etc., who have earned either of the doctorate degrees. The title will consequently appear in posters, invitations, event programs, etc.
The following guidelines should be used when creating or editing text that includes Dr. as a courtesy title.
Dr. for use in the academic sense
EX: Dr. Larry Dietz, president of Illinois State University, welcomed students to campus.
EX: Dr. Susan Smith, an accounting professor, will retire in 2019.
EX: Dr. Christy Borders is director of the College of Education Cecilia J. Lauby Teacher Education Center. She is also a professor in the college's Department of Special Education.
EX: Dr. Laura Berk, Distinguished Psychology Professor Emerita, spoke at the event.
EX: Patricia Cross '48, LL.D. '70, is a faithful university donor.
Dr. for use in the medical sense
EX: Dr. Amy Able, M.S. '00, is a pediatrician working at St. Jude's hospital in Tennessee.
In all cases: