Another Harvard bombshell: Harvard Mag reports that several of the university’s schools, “led by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences,” are encouraging professors to take voluntary retirement packages.

As FAS faculty members learned today in e-mails from their dean, Michael D. Smith, the incentive is offered to tenured professors who will be at least 65 years old by next September 1, and who will have completed at least 10 years of service by their retirement date. Qualifying faculty members who choose to retire under the program must elect by next June 30 to do so under various schedules

Voluntary retirement offers, of course, preceded layoffs of Harvard staff. Will the same hold true for faculty?