Recruitment, Retention and Retirement in Higher Education Building and Managing the Faculty of the Future
Building and Managing the Faculty of the Future
Edited by Robert L. Clark and Jennifer Ma
Chapter 12: Phasing out of full-time work at the University of California
12. Phasing out of full-time work at the University of California Ellen Switkes This chapter describes a multiyear discussion between the administration and the faculty at the University of California about the transition between full-time work and full-time retirement. The story begins with a phased retirement program instituted in 1980, and ends in the spring of 2004 with ongoing discussions between faculty senate committees and campus provosts about provisions for recalling faculty following retirement mediated by staﬀ in the system-wide Oﬃce of the President. The faculty, represented by a system-wide senate faculty committee, wanted the option of a phased retirement program which they viewed as a humane and generous beneﬁt to transition between full-time work and full-time retirement. Academic managers, represented by campus provosts, had serious concerns about any program that might encourage faculty to retire early. Campuses regularly recalled retired faculty to teach, and the provosts saw no reason to make these individual arrangements into a ‘program.’ The Berkeley campus recently sponsored a seven-session series on retirement planning. During the ﬁrst session, several retired faculty gave a picture of their retirement activities. All these retirees, even those who had been retired for ten years remained professionally active. They had retired to ﬁnish a book, to study, and in some cases to avoid meetings, committees or teaching. It’s clear that many faculty who retire do not plan to give up their scholarly lives. In fact, at this program it became clear that many faculty have no clue what...
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