Thinking about retirement?

Congratulations on exploring retirement! The College of Arts and Sciences wants to support you through this important and exciting milestone. This milestone is exciting and the College of Arts and Sciences wants to support you through it. This webpage provides pertinent resources for non-tenure track faculty to support their wellbeing during this life transition and help them begin the process of retirement.

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Get started early

As you consider retirement, begin planning as soon as possible. Retirement plans and benefits are administered by the CU System Employee Services Office.  See contact information and quick links below to get started:

CU Boulder retiree perks

As a retiree on the Boulder campus you are eligible for:

  • E-mail: Retirees are eligible to keep their campus e-mail accounts. Automatically with slight delay during transition.
  • Norlin Library: Retirees maintain their library privileges. Access remains the same, automatically.
  • Parking: Retirees are eligible for retiree-parking permit. Contact the Parking Services Business Office at (303) 492-7384 for more information.
  • Stay Connected: Be Well and CU Retired Faculty Association
  • Emeritus Status: According to the Faculty Handbook, "Upon retirement, any administrative officer or any professional member of the faculty, in accordance with normal faculty review procedures or by approval of the Board of Regents, may be allowed to retain his/her title with the description 'emeritus'." Requires request from department chair based on department approval to the Dean, and approval by the dean and faculty affairs.

Buffalo Spirit

American Buffaloes, and those who protect them, signify determination and the wherewithal to make clear and wise decisions. The buffalo survives, even in the rapidly changing world to which it must adapt.

As a valued member of the College of Arts and Sciences we honor your contributions and recognize the buffalo spirit within you as you transition to your next adventures.


Retirement

You will find policy information regarding faculty retirement and retirement agreements on the Office of Faculty Affairs website. The Intent to Separate Form is not an instrument used to document terms of separation beyond the type of separation the faculty member seeks. 

With standard retirement, the faculty member continues with standard workload until the final semester. The faculty member may request up to 50% reduction in teaching in the final semester or continue with the standard workload. 

Process

  • Faculty member discusses plans with department, program or center chair or director.
  • Faculty member completes Intent to Separate Form, which automatically routes for signatures to chair or director, Dean, and the College of Arts and Sciences' Faculty Affairs.
  • College of Arts and Sciences' Faculty Affairs forwards to the Office of Faculty Affairs for signature with a copy to the Graduate School or RIO if applicable, Human Resources Service Center, and department coordinator.

 

Faculty Member’s Responsibility

Parking

Retirees are eligible for retiree parking permit. Contact the Parking Services Business Office at (303) 492-7384 for more information.

Staying Connected

Retirement is a new beginning. This is a time to use experience and expertise in a new way to focus attention on the evolving CU Boulder campus landscape. We believe you would provide a significant contribution to the mission and objectives of the Boulder campus, and the Chancellor agrees. Consider joining the CU Retired Faculty organization.

Computer equipment

Please note that tenured and tenure-track faculty, rostered instructors and senior instructors with less than one year remaining before retirement are ineligible for the faculty computer purchasing program. Faculty members will be notified of eligibility in faculty computer purchasing program via email in July of the current fiscal year. Any declaration of an intent to retire may disqualify the terms of your eligibility. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please email fcpp@colorado.edu

Faculty who continue to be officially affiliated with the university post retirement may continue to use university owned computers.

Note that the computer DOES NOT belong to the faculty person; it is University property. The academic unit is expected to collect all university property per closeout procedures upon faculty member’s last day.

Emeritus Status

According to the Faculty Handbook, "Upon retirement, any administrative officer or any professional member of the faculty, in accordance with normal faculty review procedures or by approval of the Board of Regents, may be allowed to retain their title with the description 'emeritus'."

If faculty member is requesting emeritus status, department vote is required. The chair will then send an email to the Dean requesting the emeritus status with a justification, which is signed by the Dean and the Office of Faculty Affairs, and then to the Human Resources Service Center for payroll entry. The effective date will align with the retirement date.


Wellness resources for faculty

Wellness Definition

Congratulations on your career milestone! The College of Arts and Sciences appreciates your work and dedication to our students and campus community. As you transition into retirement, the College of Arts and Sciences is committed to supporting your holistic wellness as well as to the well-being of its community members.

The Be Well program utilizes eight dimensions of wellness—emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, spiritual—to support holistic health for those exploring retirement. Stay connected via the Be Well website and take advantage of the resources offered.

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