UC Berkeley is pleased to offer a special option to faculty who intend to retire and would like to make a smooth transition from everyday expectations in research, teaching, and service to an engagement with the University that is tailored to their special circumstances.
Pathway to Retirement Agreements are customizable, binding, mutual commitments signed by a faculty member, their chair and dean (as applicable), and the Vice Provost for the Faculty. Pathway to Retirement Agreements are available to ladder faculty (Professor series), Teaching Professors, and certain other Senate titles, depending on certain details (please inquire if this applies to you).
Pathway to Retirement Agreements are made in language that, while somewhat technical, serves to record and clarify the ways in which both the faculty member and the University are binding themselves. The purpose of a Pathway to Retirement Agreement is to create a multi-year period of transition that includes provisions before retirement as well as additional provisions after retirement. Such provisions can help to ensure that emeriti continue to be warmly included in their academic communities as contributing scholars, teachers, and colleagues.
Pathways to Retirement Agreements are specific to UC Berkeley, and do not cover appointments (jointly) held at other institutions.