Overview of the Faculty Retirement Process

Happy retired employees

One of Berkeley’s glories is the strength of its emeriti, who so often continue to be active as valued scholars, researchers, teachers, and colleagues after they retire. The resources gathered here are intended to support a smooth transition for faculty members anticipating retirement. 

Some of these resources may be helpful to faculty members who are just curious about an option that may lie a decade or more in the future; in other cases, they provide tools for faculty members consdering more immediate retirement options. 

General information about retirement

  • The UC Retirement Handbook is an authoritative, 32-page publication prepared by the UC Office of the President.
  • Taking the First Steps Toward Retirement is a one-page assemblage of information for Berkeley faculty members. 
  • Pension Income provides a brief overview of the UC Retirement Pension and a link to illustrative scenarios created by tax and retirement specialists at the UC Office of the President to illustrate the sometimes surprising results of comparing net professorial pay and net pension income. 
  • Privileges and Benefits Conferred Upon All Emeriti summarizes information about everything from Senate membership to parking permits. 

Guidance and consultation

Pathway to Retirement Agreements

The Pathway to Retirement Agreement provides an opportunity to create customized pre-retirement and post-retirement provisions for faculty members who have decided to retire within one or two years.  The key objective of a Pathway Agreement is to provide for a smooth and academically fulfilling  transition before as well as after retirement.