500.205 - Recall of Academic Appointees

UCSC-APO: 4/13


The University of California may recall to active service, for a term appointment, academic appointees who have retired from the University. Recall to an academic title may be for one or more of the following duties: teaching, research, service or faculty administrator service.

Recall appointments are limited to individuals returning to an academic title who have retired from a University of California academic appointment and who elected to receive their University of California Retirement Plan (UCRP) benefits in the form of monthly payments or as a lump sum cashout; both are considered retired academic appointees. 

See also systemwide academic personnel policy APM 205, Recall for Academic Appointees.


1.  Professor Recalled

A retired ladder rank faculty member or astronomer recalled to perform teaching, and/or research, and/or service (excluding recall to serve as a faculty administrator) may be appointed to the Professor Recalled title. 

Ladder rank faculty recalled to serve as instructor of record must be appointed to a Professor Recall appointment even if there is no compensation involved. Ladder rank faculty with emeritus status may perform other types of uncompensated activities such as mentoring, serving on dissertation committees, and/or performing campus and department service without a recall appointment.

2.  Research Professor

A retired ladder rank faculty member or astronomer recalled to perform research only may be   appointed to the Research Professor title. In the event that the recall appointment involves teaching and research, the appointee may be recalled to both a Professor Recalled title and a Research Professor title. Uncompensated research may be performed without a recall appointment.

3.  (---) Recall

All recall appointments involving non-ladder rank academic appointees, including faculty who retired with security of employment, may be appointed to the (---) Recall title. This is also the appropriate title for recall to a faculty administrator role.

(---) Recall is the actual payroll title (title code 3802), but appointment and reappointment letters may use a more specific working title, such as Lecturer Recalled, Research Recalled, or Director Recalled.


Recall appointments may not exceed a total of 43 percent time per month, or if paid as a flat rate, by agreement basis (BYA), may not exceed 43 percent of the maximum monthly salary rate for recall appointments (described in F.1), inclusive of all recall appointments. There is no exception to this maximum of 43 percent time or pay per month.


Recall appointments are normally one year or less but may be up to three years in cases of pre-retirement agreements. Following a positive review, recall appointments may be renewed on an annual basis thereafter.

For recall appointments involving active research grants, appointments may be made up to the period of secured funding. Following a positive review, the same is true for reappointments.


The academic deans have been delegated authority to approve recall appointments, including pre-retirement recall agreements, and reappointments consistent with this policy, with the exception of positions that would report to the campus provost/executive vice chancellor and/or recall appointments/ reappointments with salary rates above the Indexed Compensation Level. This authority may not be further redelegated. Recall appointments are not reviewed by the Committee on Academic Personnel.


1. Rate of Salary

Retired academic appointees may be recalled to a compensated or an uncompensated appointment.  The maximum salary rate for all recall appointments except recall to a faculty administrator title only, is the individual’s annual base salary rate (including any off-scale) for the academic position held at the time of retirement, range adjusted forward. Additional compensation earned prior to retirement, including stipends, negotiated salary components, and summer salary, is not to be factored into the maximum salary rate for recall appointments. Recall appointments may also be compensated at negotiated amounts that are based on less than the maximum salary rate.

The salary rate for retired academic appointees recalled to faculty administrator titles only (as described in APM 246, CAPM 304.241, and 300.240) is a negotiated rate based on the nature and scope of the duties assigned, other comparable positions, and the relevant administrative experience of the individual. This rate may exceed the maximum salary rate for recall appointments described above.

2.  Maximum Percentage/Pay

As stated in section C, Restrictions, non-administrative recall appointments may not exceed a total of 43 percent time per month, or if paid as a flat rate, by agreement basis (BYA), may not exceed 43 percent of the maximum monthly salary rate for recall appointments (described in F.1), inclusive of all recall appointments.

3. Pay Basis

Recall appointments may be made on an academic year basis or a fiscal year basis depending upon the nature of the recall appointment. In all cases, the appointee’s pay cannot exceed 43 percent per month of the maximum annual salary rate for non-administrative recall appointments as described above.

Conversion from an academic year salary to a fiscal year salary is accomplished by increasing the academic year salary by 16 percent (i.e., multiply by 1.16).

4.  Percentage-Based or Flat Rate (BYA)

Compensated recall appointments should be percentage-based, and typically, recall appointments involving compensated research must be percentage-based due to effort reporting requirements.  However, recall appointments may be made at a negotiated amount, which is paid as a flat rate (BYA). Whether paid as a percentage-based or flat rate (BYA) appointment, the 43 percent maximum per month applies (described in F.2).

5.  Salary Increases

Recalled appointees are ineligible for merit or other performance-based salary increases or advancements.


1. Pre-Retirement Recall Agreements

Campus administrators may only make a pre-retirement recall agreement with academic appointees age 60 or older and who have five years of service credit (“UCRP normal retirement age”). Such an agreement may provide for a recall term of up to three academic years, with the possibility of annual renewal thereafter. Administrators may not discuss recall appointments with academic appointees who have not attained the UCRP normal retirement age.

2. Return to Service

A recall appointment service date may occur no earlier than 30 calendar days following the academic appointee’s retirement date. The retirement date is distinct from the appointee’s separation date (or last day on pay status), and refers to the date that the appointee is eligible to receive retirement benefits as per their retirement election form.

3. Early Termination

The University may terminate a recall appointment prior to the specified end date with a minimum of 30 calendar days notice, or pay-in-lieu of notice for those who are compensated.

4. Complaints and Appeals

Senate members may pursue their grievance rights under the terms of Senate Bylaw 335 and non-Senate academics may pursue their grievance rights under the terms of APM 140.

5. Benefits

Recalled academic appointees are ineligible for active employee health, welfare and retirement benefits due to the maximum 43 percent limit on the appointment, but may contribute to the UC Defined Contribution 403(b) and 457(b) Plans consistent with their terms.

6. Compliance with University Policies

Recalled academic appointees must comply with all applicable University policies, procedures, rules, and training requirements.


The following criteria shall be considered in determining whether to recommend or approve a recall appointment:

1.  The teaching, research, service, or faculty administrator needs of the unit;

2.  The ability of the candidate in relation to the criteria for the type of recall appointment proposed, which should include evidence of one or more of the following:

  •      a. positive teaching evaluations for the same or similar courses proposed
  •      b. active external funding, a proposal to attain funding, or a recent history of external funding
  •      c. recent publication of scholarly and/or creative work
  •      d. regular scholarly presentations at professional meetings
  •      e. successful service for the department, division, or campus
  •      f. successful service as a faculty administrator

3.  Availability of office and/or laboratory space; and,

4.  Budgetary resources.


1. The unit head or individual may request a recall appointment.

2. The unit head will evaluate whether a recall appointment of the candidate is the best way to fulfill the temporary staffing needs or other contributions to the unit. As applicable, and in accordance with department procedures and Bylaw 55, the chair will consult appropriately with the faculty.

3. If it is determined that the temporary staffing need is to be filled through recall, the unit head will initiate the Checklist to Assure Fairness and ask the candidate to provide an up-to-date biobibliography.  The unit head will submit these documents and a recommendation to the dean. The recommendation must address the ability of the candidate in relation to the type of recall appointment proposed. Evidence of the candidate's abilities should include an evaluation of activities during the current year and the last several years. If the candidate has not served in the University within the past several years, the unit may include evaluation of activities during retirement.

For recall appointments involving research, the recommendation should specifically comment on evidence of continued scholarship, and unless extramurally funded, should address the availability of supporting resources within the unit and describe how the individual's research contributes to the unit's mission.

4. For recall appointments that are dean’s authority, the dean will review the recommendation and will notify the candidate of the recall appointment in writing, with a copy to the recommending unit and the Academic Personnel Office.

5. For all other recall appointments, the dean will add a recommendation and forward the file to the Academic Personnel Office. The campus provost/executive vice chancellor will review the recommendations and will notify the candidate of the recall appointment in writing, with a copy to the recommending unit and dean.