Academic Affairs

Faculty Bridge-to-Retirement Program

The following are the basic components of the Bridge-to-Retirement Program:

  • The faculty member must be eligible for regular retirement.
  • The faculty member must apply for consideration and the Western administration must agree to grant that request.
  • The faculty member must be in good standing.
  • The faculty member will teach 21-22 credits (on an AY basis) and be on campus a minimum of 10 hours per week for office hours while classes are in session. This equates to a 630-hour commitment per academic year.
  • The faculty member will only be evaluated in terms of instruction and not in the areas of professional development or service while participating in the bridge program.
  • In compensation for teaching, the faculty member will receive $30,000 (roughly twice the adjunct rate) and in addition a $6,000 annual health insurance stipend. The compensation can be prorated for less than 21-22 credits per year, but the health insurance stipend would not be prorated unless the time period was one semester, then the health insurance stipend would be $3,000.
  • Participation in the program is granted one year at a time and is renewable for a second year after an evaluation is completed.
  • Participation in the program would not change eligibility of dependents for tuition remission (see last sentence in section VI. C. of the Policy Guide).

Procedure for Application:

  • The application form may be filled in online or printed.
  • The department chairperson, dean, and Vice President for Academic Affairs must approve the application.
  • The faculty member must notify the chairperson of their intention to apply for the Bridge Program by February 1 and the application must be submitted to the Vice President for Academic Affairs by March 1 of the academic year preceding the Bridge year.
  • Applicants will be notified by the Vice President for Academic Affairs of acceptance into the Bridge Program by April 1.

Decision Considerations:

  • Annual evaluations of faculty.
  • Will the acceptance of an application create a severe hardship on the department?
  • No more than one member or 20% of a large department may participate in this program during any academic year.
  • If there are more applications from a department than allowed by the limitations above, the following criteria will be used, in combination, to determine who is approved:
    • Annual evaluation
    • Number of years of service at Western
    • Difficulty in finding a faculty replacement
    • Date of application.