Emeritus/a and Retired Faculty Resources

“Retirement is a journey, not a calendar date.”

Preparing for Retirement 

At Iowa State University, we value our faculty. The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost and University Human Resources support faculty during all phases of their career. The resources gathered here aim to support faculty as they plan for retirement.

Emeritus/a and Retired Faculty FAQ (PDF, 228KB)

University Human Resources Retirement Benefits pages: 

Faculty are encouraged to consult with staff in the University Human Resources Retirement Education and Services Office (515-294-4800).

Phased Retirement

Iowa State University offers employees a phased retirement option. Faculty who wish to phase into retirement via a reduced schedule with maximum of two years phasing should consult with their Department Chair and Dean’s Office. Questions about benefits impact should be directed to the University Human Resources Benefits Office. 

Additional information is available on the University Human Resources Benefits website.

Emeritus/a Faculty Status

Iowa State University welcomes emeritus/a and retired faculty to be active members of the Iowa State community.

What does it mean to be an Emeritus/a Faculty?

The emeritus/a title is conferred upon faculty for a career of meritorious service. It is an honorific title and not an employment status. Emeritus/a status is automatic for faculty retiring at the rank of Professor (tenured or term) and 10+ years of service. Departments and colleges may utilize a nomination process for all other faculty cases. See the Iowa State University Faculty Handbook 6.4 for additional information on criteria and process for emeritus/a nominations. 

Other Resources





Senior citizen couple on a swing


Kaela Black,
Faculty Personnel and Policy Director,

Quick links:

List of Emeritus/a Faculty