- Former UCLA sociology professor David Lopez is taking on a new role as the school's retirement liaison for former colleagues considering or actively transitioning into life after the classroom.
- The goal is to reach more than 300 faculty members who desire to have a continuing relationship with the university through research, and those who have not considered their full financial and benefit options until exploring their departure plans.
- Lopez told the Chronicle of Higher Education that retirement also allows for a smoother transition of younger, rising faculty members to replace the work and presence of tenured and more seasoned professors and allows retirees the benefit of remaining on campus in a usable capacity during this replacement process.
Many universities are dealing with the financial burden of retirement, with considerations for cutting tenure programs and finding new ways to fund benefit packages as a result.
For campus executives, having a peer to explain the nuances of these processes, while also finding ways for retiring professors to be a financial asset to the school through research and recruitment of faculty and students, is an ideal way to maintain structure and revenue streams.