ERTP Frequently Asked Questions


  1. I have just completed my first year of RTP. Am I eligible to apply for ERTP?
    • No. 
  2. I am a full-time faculty member but I do not have tenure. Can I apply for ERTP?
    • No.  You must have earned tenure to be eligible for ERTP.
  3. If I am eligible and apply for the ERTP, can I be denied the ability to participate in the program?
    • Yes.  Participation is dependent on the needs of the University and approval will be made only after the effects of an individual’s participation are evaluated by the faculty member’s department chair, college dean, and the Provost.

Terms of the Program

  1. How is a department chair’s salary figured for ERTP? 
    The ERTP salary is based on the Chair’s nine-month base salary.
  2. While I’m on ERTP, will I be able to buy into EKU’s health insurance? 
  3. What does it mean that the ERTP decision is "irrevocable"? 
    The decision to retire is irrevocable. Faculty may, however, elect to participate in the ERTP and then decide at a later date to fully retire instead. A decision to opt out of the ERTP is permitted pending a written request to the Department Chair.

Duties and Conditions

  1. What will be my assigned duties under the ERTP?
    • Duties under the ERTP will be determined by the Department Chair and approved by the College Dean and the Provost. Faculty in the program can teach no more than 12 credit hours during a calendar year.
  2. Will I be able to continue with planned summer teaching assignments? Can I teach in the summer while in the ERTP?
    • Summer assignments must be complete before retirement and the commencement of ERTP.
    • Summer assignments while on ERTP are at the discretion of the Department Chair, but at no time can the total teaching load for the calendar year (July 1 – June 30) be more than 12 credit hours. 
  3. After ERTP has ended, can I be hired as a part-time instructor?
    • Yes. Retired faculty may be hired as part-time faculty teaching at the normal part-time faculty pay. Check with your retirement provider to ensure that all conditions related to receipt of your retirement benefits are met.
  4. Can I combine other duties with teaching while I'm on ERTP?
    • Typically faculty in this program will only be teaching; however, other duties, including some administrative duties, may be assigned as appropriate. Your Department Chair and College Dean will work with you to ensure that the combined teaching and non-teaching assignments do not violate the requirements of the retirement program.
  5. My normal responsibilities include clinical hours. How is this calculated for ERTP?
    • The ERTP is based on teaching up to 12 credit hours per academic year. If your clinical responsibilities are part of a normal credit-hour course, your workload is based on the number of credit hours not the number of contact hours in a clinical setting.
  6. Can I teach less than 12 credit hours in the ERTP?
    • Yes. If you teach less than 12 hours during your ERTP academic year, you will be paid 4.167% of your base salary per credit hour you teach.


  1. Can I appeal or file a grievance if my application is not approved?
    • No.  The Enhanced Retirement Transition Program, like the Retirement Transition Program, is a resource reallocation activity. There is not an appeal process. 
  2. If I apply for the ERTP, can I change my mind and withdraw my application? If I’m accepted, can I change my mind?
    • You can change your mind until the date you are notified by the President of your acceptance.
    • Once you are in the ERTP program, you may choose to withdraw from the program and fully retire by submitting a request to your Department Chair. 
  3. Will positions vacated by those who participate in the ERTP be replaced?
    • It depends.  Following the administration of the ERTP, all departments will be reviewing the needs of the department to determine how to proceed.  Some critical positions may be filled while other positions will not be filled at all and will be eliminated.
  4. Do faculty in the ERTP qualify for tuition waivers?
    • No. This is not a benefit offered in the ERTP or the RTP.
  5. How can I find out what my base salary is?
    • Your base salary will be on your latest appointment letter or your latest Position Action Form. You can check with HR to confirm the salary.