Retiring Faculty Resources

Emeritus Status

Emeritus is an honorary status granted to faculty who have made exceptional contributions to the university and their discipline. It is considered a distinction to retain this title after retirement. Faculty may be considered for emeritus status if they have served 15 years or more at the University of Arizona. Special exceptions to the years of service requirement are considered on a case-by-case basis for those who have significant contributions to the mission of the university. See UHAP 3.1.04 and UHAP 4A.1.01.

Emeritus status allows faculty who are retired to continue participating in university activities, if they choose, including continuing to mentor students, occasionally teach, and participate in grants or finish specific research objectives. Emeritus faculty are entitled to library services, email, access to parking, access to certain equipment and technological resources within their academic unit, and other benefits that the university grants to retirees. Departments will endeavor to provide some support for reasonable scholarly needs of emeritus faculty consistent with their continuing contributions to the mission of the department and university. However, support may be limited based on the availability of resources, given other needs and priorities within the department. Specific agreements should be documented in writing and for a specified period.

Instructions for Requesting Title Change to Emeritus

The following documentation should be submitted as one PDF to this email: facultyaffairs@email.arizona.edu

  • The faculty member’s request is addressed to the department head, chair, or unit director with a current CV.
  • A letter of support from the department head, chair, or unit director is addressed to the dean or senior administrator, and states the significant contributions of the faculty member.
  • The dean or senior administrator's endorsement of support with a signature, or a separate approval memo addressed to the Provost.

Emeritus status request are submitted through Competition Space at least three months prior to official university retirement to allow sufficient time for approval to ensure that the faculty member has no break in access to university resources. 

The received request for emeritus status is reviewed by the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. Recommendations are forwarded to the Executive Office of the President for the official letter granting the status to the faculty member upon retirement. 

Original emeritus award letters are sent directly to the faculty member and an electronic copy  is emailed to the college and department or unit for internal processing. The department or unit must complete the termination/retirement form in UAccess Employee and provide the electronic copy of the emeritus letter from the President to Workforce Systems.

For questions about emeritus requests, please send an email to facultyaffairs@email.arizona.edu

Retirement Incentives

The Office of the Provost remains committed to supporting departments in faculty transitions to retirement. The departments and colleges are welcome to revise teaching and workloads to enable faculty members to concentrate on their research in the year before retirement. These arrangements are made on a case-by-case basis. We ask that the departments send draft retirement agreements to Marilyn Taylor, taylorm@arizona.edu, for review prior to obtaining signatures.  To discuss the legal and interpersonal dynamics of talking about retirement with colleagues, please contact Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at 626-0202 or facultyaffairs@email.arizona.edu.

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