The current Western Michigan University-AAUP Collective Bargaining Agreement outlines retirement information. However, the faculty member should consult with Retirement Services in Human Resources to ensure an understanding of retirement benefits.
A faculty member may request a reduction in workload prior to retirement (see Article 35.4 of the 2005-08 Faculty Contract). The faculty member completes the Reduction-in-Workload form and forwards to the department chair.
A senior administrative officer holding tenured faculty rank has the opportunity to return to faculty before retiring.
For persons on fiscal year appointments (faculty and non-faculty) whose appointments end, it is our expectation that all annual leave will be used prior to the date of termination. Payoff of annual leave, in lieu of annual leave usage, is not an employee option since the cost of such payoff would have to be borne by the cost center and such funds are rarely available. Any exception to this procedure will have to be approved in advance by the dean and the provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs