Emeritus Faculty Program

Southern Cross University recognises the substantial intellectual and social value of our human resources – their knowledge, experience and expertise as well as their long-held connections to the various academic and professional communities (internal and external) in which they have worked. It is also recognised that when our employees retire from employment, the institution loses this’ human capital’ to the disadvantage of both the employee and Southern Cross University.

In response, the University has established an Emeritus Faculty. The Emeritus Faculty is a prestigious opportunity for members of the SCU community to continue associateing with the scholarly, creative, and cultural life of the University upon retirement.

As a member of the Southern Cross University Emeritus Faculty, employees are supported in their retirement from full-time employment and the pursuit of more personal goals, while allowing for a flexible level of new and/or continued academic and professional activity. Through their continued participation in research or engagement activities, including networking, supervision and collaboration with external organisations, members of the Emeritus Faculty enhance the profile and reputation of the University and contribute to its ongoing achievements.

Emeritus Faculty members are invited to play an active role in the leadership and mentoring of early career staff as well as provide input and advice into relevant SCU academic planning and development initiatives.

Benefits of Emeritus Faculty membership

  • Title of 'Member of Emeritus Faculty, Southern Cross University'.
  • Grant of up to $20,000 from SCU into an “Emeritus Scholarship” account for use by the appointee in either scholarship or engagement activities which support their academic profile and maintain an ongoing relationship with SCU. In brief, these are for ‘approved academic purposes’. Funds will be available for a total period of 5 years (or longer by agreement).
  • SCU provides additional ongoing support through:
    • Access to SCU systems (email, intranet);
    • Shared office / building access;
    • Insurance (professional indemnity / travel) for agreed scholarly activities;
    • Access to internal services such as research support services; and
    • Invitation and access to relevant SCU forums, workshops, briefings, seminars and so on.
  • An active listing on the SCU staff directory and School website.
  • Regular convening of an annual Emeritus Faculty Advisory Group to provide input into SCU – its future and ideas for growth and success.
  • An invitation to deliver a public lecture as part of their new appointment – with options around content (academic discipline area, their highlights and challenges in their career).
  • Opportunity to be a mentor to suitable early career / junior staff.

Becoming a member of the SCU Emeritus Faculty

Where an employee indicates their intention to retire from SCU, the Head of Area can make a recommendation to the Vice Chancellor, through HR Services, to invite them to join the SCU Emeritus Faculty. Selection is entirely merit-based, and applications will be assessed on the basis of a resume and an outline of their proposed future engagement activities.

Employees must be at Level C or above and have made a recognized contribution to the university in terms of research and / or scholarship of teaching.

Support and advice to assist the employee with their retirement decision is available through HR Services. Financial assistance is also available for the purposes of seeking independent superannuation and other advice. A number of transition to retirement strategies are also possible and may be negotiated with the Head of Area.

Invitation to join the Emeritus Faculty is made by the Vice Chancellor.

For further details please contact HR Services.

Email recommendations to: hr@scu.edu.au.