Announcing the UBC Emeritus College

November 23, 2018

UBC is now home to Canada’s first and only Emeritus College – a highly valuable resource that will support faculty members and senior academic administrators as they transition into retirement, and will enable UBC emeriti to continue their vital contributions to the university.

Approved earlier this spring by both the Board of Governors and the Senate, the new college will build upon the successes of the UBC Association of Professors Emeriti by further enhancing the potential for emeriti to maintain existing relationships, and develop new ones with colleagues in other disciplines. This will promote opportunities for interdisciplinary projects while also helping to foster the research and scholarly activities of our emeritus faculty members.

Currently, emeriti contribute to the academic work and reputation of UBC through lecturing and mentoring, research and publishing, and participation in university committees, among other commitments. The college will support these ongoing contributions, and help emeriti maintain mutually-beneficial relationships with academic departments and faculties.

An endowment fund is expected to be established as a means of enhancing the delivery of various projects and programming, including financial subsidies for emeriti who continue scholarly activity; lectures and seminars on transitions to retirement; a visiting emeritus scholar and senior scholar lecture series; and financial awards for the distinguished contributions of emeriti who are active in the community and scholarly activity. A new, dedicated space for the college is also in the planning stages.

The college will continue the important role of the Association in providing a welcoming social and intellectual environment for potential retirees, newly retired colleagues and established members, and will continue to advocate for benefits and programs that will promote the well-being of all.

To learn more about becoming a member of the new UBC Emeritus College and the benefits it offers, please visit their membership page.

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