Phased Retirement Policy for Tenured Faculty at the South Orange Campus
This policy is designed to assist tenured faculty at the South
Orange campus as they prepare for retirement by facilitating the
transition from full time responsibilities to a reduced teaching load
accompanied by the flexibility to pursue scholarly interests.
- Eligibility. Full-time tenured faculty members at the South
Orange campus whose age and years of full-time service at Seton Hall
University total 65 years may apply to the Provost for a phased
retirement agreement (hereinafter referred to as “agreement”). The
decision to request a phased retirement agreement is at the sole
discretion of the faculty member. No faculty member shall, in any
manner, be coerced by any University officer or employee to request or
accept a phased retirement agreement.
- Approval/Denial. Approval of a request for a phased
retirement agreement shall not be automatic. Approval or denial shall
be within the discretion of a Chair, Dean and the Provost based on the
needs of the department or college and the best interests of the
University. Only the Provost shall have the authority to approve a
phased retirement agreement. The University shall not be obligated to
enter into such an agreement or to extend such an agreement beyond its
- Tenure Status. If approved, the faculty member shall
voluntarily and irrevocably relinquish tenure at the inception of the
agreement period, replacing tenure with the term of employment
specified in the phased retirement agreement.
- Title. The faculty member shall be awarded the title of
“Professor Emeritus/a” at the commencement of the agreement.
- Term of Agreement. The agreement shall be for a term of one
to three years, in the sole discretion of the Provost, on terms and
conditions approved by the Provost. It may be renewed for one year
terms at its expiration, in the sole discretion of the Provost and on
terms and conditions approved by the Provost.
- Course Load. The faculty member shall be employed at a 6
credit hour course load, or its equivalent, per semester, which may
include released time for scholarly pursuits or administrative
projects, the specific terms of which shall be set forth in detail in
the agreement itself.
- Salary. The faculty member shall be paid at one-half of the
base salary being received as of the first day of July immediately
preceding the commencement of the phased retirement agreement, with
increments added annually in the same manner and percentage as provided
for full-time tenured faculty members.
- Benefits. The faculty member will be eligible for benefits
in accordance with University policies and benefit plans applicable to
phased retirees under this policy.
- Privileges. The faculty member may attend meetings of
his/her department and school or college. The faculty member shall
relinquish voting membership, but not voice, in his or her departmental
or school or college. The faculty member shall not be obligated to
serve on departmental or other committees. The faculty member shall
continue to have access to private office space, as allocated by the
Dean and which may be shared office space, secretarial assistance,
refreshed laptops, email service and other such services that are
typically provided to full-time tenured faculty members. Access to
laboratory and other such facilities may be provided for in the
agreement, depending on the responsibilities of the individual faculty
member. The faculty member shall otherwise be governed by the Faculty Emeritus/Faculty Emerita
- Application Procedure
a. The faculty member shall first discuss a phased retirement agreement
and its terms with his/her department Chair. If the faculty member and
the Chair agree on the terms of an agreement, the Chair shall recommend
the proposed phased retirement agreement to the Dean for approval. If
the Chair does not recommend a proposed phased retirement agreement,
the faculty member may seek approval directly from the Dean.
b. If the Dean approves the terms of a proposed phased retirement
agreement, the Dean shall recommend the proposed phased retirement
agreement to the Provost. If the Dean does not approve the terms of a
proposed phased retirement agreement, the matter shall end there.
c. The Provost, in considering any application for such an agreement,
shall conduct an independent review of the proposed phased retirement
agreement and its terms to assure that such an agreement serves the
University’s instructional and other needs.
d. If the Provost approves a phased retirement agreement, the terms
shall be incorporated into the attached phased retirement agreement. By
entering into a phased retirement agreement, the faculty member
voluntarily releases the University from all claims or causes of action
s/he might have had arising from any aspect of his/her employment at
- Expiration/Voluntary Termination. The phased retirement
agreement shall automatically expire at the end of the term set forth
in the agreement, without further action by the University, and the
faculty member shall automatically cease to be an employee of the
University unless another term contract, including but not limited to a
phased retirement agreement, is executed, in writing, by the faculty
member and the University. The University is under no obligation to
renew any phased retirement agreement. The phased retirement agreement
may be terminated at any time if the faculty member and the University
- Renewal. Any renewal of a phased retirement agreement shall
be governed by this policy.
- Compliance. Failure to fulfill the responsibilities under a
phased retirement agreement or this policy may result in sanctions,
including but not limited to, loss of Emeritus/a status or actions by
the University to recoup any salary or cost of benefits paid under a
phased retirement agreement. The faculty member remains subject to all
other University policies and procedures.
The Office of the Provost shall be responsible for implementing this
- Faculty Emeritus/Emerita Policy
- SHU Defined Contribution Plan (TIAA-CREF)
- SHU Tax Deferred Annuity Plan (TIAA-CREF)
- SHU Welfare Benefits Plan (medical, dental, prescription drugs,
long-term disability, life insurance and Employee Assistance Program)
Approved by the Board of Regents on December 4, 2008
January 1, 2009
January 1, 2009
Office of the Provost
Fax (973) 275-2361
Presidents Hall Rm. 112