Essential Guides
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Frank Baxter
first President of the University Senate
Robert Biller, first dean, School of Policy, Planning and Development Margaret Morehouse, biochemist and nutritionist at USC 1929-1972. Tully Knowles
history professor, 1917
Featured Resources
Faculty rights connected to retirement: Faculty Handbook (section 10)

Planning for Retirement

Planning Your Transition from Full-Time Work (PDF)
A university publication highlighting information on retirement opportunities and policies to help faculty consider their options and plan responsibly. Provides a general overview of health care after retirement, emeriti status, and income replacement, among other topics.

Retirement Planning Resources from the USC Emeriti Center
A wealth of information and ideas about income replacement, Social Security, USC Senior Care, Medicare, and more

Benefits Administration to discuss USC's Retirement Plans

3720 S. Flower Street 2nd floor
Credit Union Building, 200
Los Angeles, California 90089-0704
(213) 740-6027
(213) 740-3875

Health Insurance

Office of Health Plans
Lisa Macchia
Assistant Vice President, Health Plans
(213) 740-0035

USC Emeriti Center
The USC Emeriti Center serves the university’s retirees and pre-retirees in living healthy and purposeful lives by providing essential information, resources, services, advocacy, privileges, and support. The Center's site provides a wealth of useful resources and information, including the popular Transitions Retirement Planning Sessions.

University of Southern California
3715 McClintock, Suite 220
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0191

Available Monday through
Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Phone: (213) 740-8921
Fax: (213) 740-7120

Caring for Loved Ones

Phased Retirement

Phased retirement is a benefit offered to full-time faculty (tenured or non-tenure track) who want to transition into retirement. Upon submission of your letter of retirement, you are entitled to receive a part-time leave, with half-time (or greater) duties at proportionate compensation, for up to two years.

If you are interested in discussing your options, please contact your department chair to begin the conversation.

Life after Retirement

USC Emeriti Center College
The USC Emeriti Center College, a division of the USC Emeriti Center, was established in 1990. It aims to identify and advance the continuing intellectual interests of retirees. It also facilitates the service of scholars to society, helping disseminate their accumulated knowledge and wisdom in lectures, short courses and occasional publications both collegially and for the benefit of the general public.

Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation Research Fund
Grants of up to $2,000 are available through the USC Emeriti Center College to assist retired USC faculty with expenses related to research and publication.

USC Emeriti Center Trojan ENCORE
Trojan ENCORE is a special initiative of the USC Emeriti Center. Many retired Trojans want to continue to support the mission of USC by volunteering or working short-term or part-time for pay in various USC schools, departments and divisions.

USC Emeriti Center Gold Card Retiree Privileges
The Gold Card is available to retirees with at least 10 years of benefits-eligible employment at the university and who are 55 years or older upon completion of employment at USC.

USC Retired Faculty Association
Retired USC faculty members are encouraged to get involved in the work of the Retired Faculty Association. Our purposes are to connect retired faculty to USC and to each other. Joining with the Emeriti Center, Staff Retirement Association, Emeriti Center College, alumni, and USC’s faculty and staff, RFA actively supports the University’s mission.

Honoring Retired Faculty
USC Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award: honors retired faculty for their eminent careers. Awarded at the Academic Honors Convocation
Paul E. Hadley Faculty Award for Service to USC: acknowledges special service by a retired USC faculty member to any academic or administrative unit at USC following their retirement

Articles of Interest

After the Rat Race, What Next? - Washington Post (December 5, 2006)

Your Financial Future in Academe: Questions and Answers - Chronicle of Higher Education (March 31, 2006)

Are You the Retiring Sort? - Chronicle of Higher Education (March 8, 2004)   Last updated October 9, 2013