Pathway to Retirement Agreements

hot air balloonsUC 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. These 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. 

Pathway to Agreement Forms


The Faculty Retirement Liaison ( sends e-mail)) and the Associate Vice Provost for the Faculty ( sends e-mail)) are available to faculty members and department chairs for confidential discussions about possible Pathway to Retirement provisions.

Initiating conversations about retirement can be challenging. Faculty members and department chairs are warmly encouraged to review Berkeley’s guidelines for discussion of retirement, which are intended to help support productive conversations.