Supporting Faculty Transitions to Retirement

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  • Title: Supporting Faculty Transitions to Retirement: Moving beyond Basics, Acknowledging Faculty Legacy, and Fostering Well-being
  • Author(s): Diane Jonte-Pace, Amy Strage
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Common Ground Open
  • Journal Title: The Journal of Aging and Social Change
  • Keywords: Senior Faculty, Higher Education, Legacy, Psychosocial Issues, Retirement, Well-being
  • Volume: 9
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2019
  • ISSN: 2576-5310 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2576-5329 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2576-5310/CGP/v09i01/71-83
  • Citation: Jonte-Pace, Diane, and Amy Strage. 2019. "Supporting Faculty Transitions to Retirement: Moving beyond Basics, Acknowledging Faculty Legacy, and Fostering Well-being." The Journal of Aging and Social Change 9 (1): 71-83. doi:10.18848/2576-5310/CGP/v09i01/71-83.
  • Extent: 13 pages

Abstract

This study addresses challenges associated with the non-retirement of faculty members in higher education in the United States and describes a pilot study investigating programs and services supporting faculty transitions to retirement at four-year colleges and universities across California. The study examines three types of nonprofit institutions: campuses in the University of California system, campuses in the California State University system, and private colleges and universities. The data showed that all institutions make available basic information about retirement-related finances and benefits, but that few offer services addressing psychosocial needs of faculty members, faculty desires for an ongoing sense of community with colleagues at their institutions, or faculty needs involving identity and legacy. Recommendations for institutions are provided.