Faculty Retirement Liaison

Professor Emeritus David Lopez named inaugural UCLA Faculty Retirement Liaison

David Lopez, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, serves as UCLA's first Faculty Retirement Liaison.  

Appointed in April 2015 by Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel Carole Goldberg, Professor Lopez advises and advocates for faculty members who are considering retirement as well as for those who have already retired.  He helps faculty members plan for, structure and negotiate pre- and post-retirement arrangements with their departments, including Pathways to Retirement and other agreements, allocations of space and access to the Research Professor working title for eligible emeriti.  He also helps retiring faculty understand and navigate the University’s general retirement process and system.  Equally important, he advocates for continued and expanded emeriti faculty involvement in teaching, research and service across campus, as well as assisting individual emerita/us faculty in matters relating to their departments and schools. 

In announcing this innovative appointment, Vice Chancellor Goldberg noted that “Professor Lopez’ new position supports an important campus initiative to assist faculty in making continuing contributions to UCLA’s research, teaching, and service missions post-retirement. Indeed, David’s own service to the campus exemplifies the value emeriti can bring.”  Over his four decade plus career at UCLA, from Assistant Professor to Professor Emeritus, David Lopez has served in numerous administrative and Senate positions, including Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Chair of Latin American Studies, Sociology Department Chair and as Chair of the Senate Council on Planning and Budget, the Emeriti Affairs Committee, and the Committee on Faculty Welfare.

David Lopez is available to Academic Senate faculty year-round throughout the campus by email at dlopez@ucla.edu and by phone at 310-210-1118.