Chapter 10 – Transition from Full-Time Work

Chapter 10 contents

10-A Emeriti Status

10-B Phased Retirement

10-C Continued Post-Retirement Academic Activity

10-D Retirement Benefits

  • 10-D (1) Income Replacement
  • 10-D (2) Health Care after Retirement
  • 10-D (3) Long Term Care after Retirement
  • 10-D (4) Other Benefits, Privileges and Guides
  • 10-D (5) Changes in Benefits Programs


The designation Emeritus or Emerita may be awarded to full-time faculty on or after retirement, or may be preapproved in contemplation of retirement to be effective upon retirement.  Faculty who are not retiring from their academic careers but who leave the University to take a position at another institution are not eligible for the designation except in extraordinary circumstances.  In preparing recommendations, the department or other appropriate academic unit will review the eligibility of all prospective retirees, and the Provost’s Office will annually remind units to do so.  The award of the designation is not automatic.  It indicates honorable retirement from assigned duties, recognizes faithful service worthy of high commendation, and expresses an anticipation of continued membership in the academic community.   The emeritus or emerita designation carries with it the honor of the title and the use of University facilities as authorized by the Provost.

The President may approve the title to be added to the last academic title a faculty member held in active service (e.g., professor emeritus or emerita). The President will consider the recommendation of the department or other appropriate academic unit and the dean, the individual’s curriculum vitae, and a summary of the individual’s contributions.  The President may also approve the designation for a title of honor or administrative title (e.g., named chairs emeriti, Distinguished Professors Emeriti, Deans Emeriti).


Full-time faculty who have submitted their retirement shall be entitled to receive a transitional part-time leave, with half-time (or greater) duties at proportionate compensation, for up to two years (or such longer period as the Provost decides).  Such a leave is not available beyond the effective date of termination or non-reappointment under other policies, and use of such a leave requires Provost’s approval if formal discipline is pending or under investigation under Chapters 6 or 8.

At the individual’s option, the relinquishment of tenure may take effect either at the beginning or the end of the transition period; in either case, the individual will use his or her normal academic title during the transition period.  Subsequent to the transition period, the faculty member may also be invited to serve part-time after retirement, as individually agreed, as provided below in Section 10-C.


A retired faculty member is eligible to be invited to serve on a year-to-year or other fixed term basis (without tenure) for whatever services, compensation, and percentage of effort are agreed between the individual and the dean with the approval of the Provost.  Unless the Provost gives special permission, the percentage of effort must be less than 50% and thus under current policies the individual is not eligible for benefits.  As agreed between the individual and the dean with the approval of the Provost, the retired faculty member (whether with or without compensation) may be authorized to continue to be principal investigator of grants and contracts, have research space as allocated, direct graduate students, and continue active participation in departmental and university activities as agreed.  On the request of the department and dean, the Provost may reinstate the tenured status of the previously-tenured individual only for the period invited back to service, not to continue when that period ends.  The Provost may also appoint a previously tenured individual to roles dealing with tenure matters.


10-D (1)     Income Replacement 

Information on the University retirement plan is available at the Benefits Administration web site,

10-D (2)     Health Care after Retirement

For information on USC Senior Care, call the Health Plans office.

10-D (3)     Long Term Care after Retirement  

For information on Long Term Care insurance, contact the USC Benefits Administration office.

10-D (4)     Other Benefits, Privileges and Guides

Information on more USC benefits for retirees is at and a directory of retiree privileges (“Gold Card”) is at

A guide to those considering retirement is on the Faculty Portal at

10-D (5)     Changes in Benefits Programs

As provided in Section 3-F, the particular provisions of all benefit programs, including those listed above, are subject to change from time to time by the Senior Vice President, Administration.