Titles and Honorifics

In accordance with AP style, don’t use the following courtesy titles or other similar honorifics preceding names.

Mr. Miss Mrs. Ms. Prof.

 

Also in accordance with AP style, Dr. is used on first reference only in reference to a medical doctor or person with a medical degree.

On second and subsequent reference to any person, use last name only.

(This practice established by AP for news media/general communication [non-academic publications] and intended for clarity is based on assumption by most of the general public that Dr. refers to a physician.)

 

John Smith, dean of the UTC College of Business, was honored by the National Association of Business Educators.

then

Smith was named business dean in 1975.

 

JoAnne Romagni, UTC vice chancellor of research and graduate studies, will lead the task force . . . 

then

Romagni led similar efforts in California.

 

Dr. C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General, died at the age of 96.

then

Koop was surgeon general from 1982 to 1989.

 

Never use title + honorific in this way:

UTC Chancellor Dr. Steven Angle…

UT President Dr. Joe DiPietro

Instead:

UTC Chancellor Steven Angle, UT President Joe DiPietro

 

HEAD vs. CHAIR

Heads of academic departments at UTC are to be referred to as department heads, not as chair or chairman.