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Chapter 5
Leaves of Absence

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Retirement

Faculty members who are interested in discussing retirement options, and other issues related to retirement, should contact their dean and/or department chair. The formal retirement process is put into motion by signing a retirement letter that is prepared at the request of a faculty member in consultation with a dean. You can find more information about university resources to help with retirement planning at:

Activities/Opportunities for Faculty Emeriti:  http://ase.tufts.edu/faculty/resources/formerFaculty/emeriti.htm

Retirement Health and Dental Plans:  http://hr.tufts.edu/benefits/retirement-health-and-dental-plans/

Retirement Savings Plans:  http://hr.tufts.edu/benefits/retirement-savings-plans/

Retirement for Tenured Faculty Members

The School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering have instituted a phased retirement plan that provides more flexibility for faculty members considering this major life decision. Upon signing a retirement agreement with the university, tenured faculty members have three options for their last year(s) of employment prior to retirement:

One-Year Options

1.      One-semester, full-time academic leave – Full-time one-semester academic leave, at full pay, taken during the final semester of the final year of employment.

OR

2.      Full-year, half-time academic leave – Half-time academic leave, at full pay, for the final year of employment. Faculty members would be expected to teach half of their regular teaching load, and carry half of their regular advising and administrative duties, during their final year of employment.

Two-Year Option

3.      First year:

           a.       One-semester, full-time academic leave – Full-time one-semester academic leave, at full pay, taken in either the fall or spring semester; OR

           b.      Full-year, half-time academic leave – Half-time academic leave, at full pay, with faculty members expected to teach half of their regular teaching load, and to carry half of their regular advising and administrative duties.

Second Year: Full-year, half-time academic leave, at half pay, for the final year of employment. Faculty members would be expected to teach half of their regular teaching load (either spread out over the year or concentrated in the fall or spring semesters), and carry out other duties as agreed to by the faculty member, the chair, and the dean.

Retirement for Full-time Lecturers in the School of Arts and Sciences 

Full-time lecturers and senior lecturers in Arts and Sciences should refer to Article 11, Section 10 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for Full-time Lecturers for retirement information.