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Retirement Planning

Plan ahead for this important transition.

This section of the website contains links of interest to faculty who have retired or are about to retire.

Click on any of the links below, or use the links listed to the left in the navigation column.

Retirement Planning Handbook

The Boston College Guide for Faculty Retirement, from BCARF, can be found by clicking here.  (Revised September, 2017)

Planning BC Retirement : Top 10+ Tips

Many faculty have already gone through the process of planning their retirement.

Click here for a list of some of their suggestions and tips for making it a successful transition.

Planning Retirement in general : Top 10+ tips

Once you have made the necessary preparations with BC for planning your retirement, you may be asking yourself "what else can I do to make sure that I have considered all the aspects involved in retirement planning"?

Click here to see some suggestions from your colleagues.



Abbreviations:  CHE – Chronicle of Higher Education; ACE – American Council on Education; NYT – New York Times;HG – Harvard Gazette; EG – Educational Gerontology; MON – Money; USNWR – US News and World Report

Continuing the Connection: Emeriti/Retiree Centers on Campus, Shelley D. Glazer, Elizabeth L. Redmon, Karen L. Robinson, 2005.  EG

The Road to Retirement, J. C. Creighton, January 7, 2008.  CHE

The Road to Retirement: Not this Year, J. C. Creighton, October 23, 2008.  CHE

The Road to Retirement: Caring for an Aging Parent, J. C. Creighton, September 3, 2009.  CHE

‘Will Work for Free,’ Say Retired Professors, but Colleges Struggle With How to Use Them, Audrey Williams June, December 13, 2009.   CHE

Review of Faculty Retirement Literature, ACE-Sloan Projects on Faculty Career Flexibility, April, 2010.  ACE

We Need to See Retirement as a Hiring Issue, Christopher Phelps, April 25, 2010.  CHE

Solving the Conundrum of Faculty Retirement, Ron Stockton, May 30, 2010.  CHE

Scholars Venerable, Corydon Ireland, December 2, 2010.  HG

To Encourage Faculty to Retire, Consider Offering Social and Emotional Support, Presidents Say, Kathryn Masterson, March 7, 2011.  CHE

Why Your Retirement May Not Be Permanent, Emily Brandon, April 22, 2011.  USNWR

At UC-San Diego, First-Generation Students Get Help From Retired Professors, Molly Redden, June 19, 2011.  CHE

The Alfred P. Sloan Projects for Faculty Career Flexibility, J. McLaughlin, July 6, 2011.  ACE

College Leaders Discuss One Last Faculty Transition: Retirement, Audrey Williams June,

July 12, 2011.  CHE

Supporting the Culminating Stages of Faculty Careers: Legal Issues, Ann H. Franke, Esq., 2011.  ACE

Senior Professors: Not When to Retire, but How, Audrey Williams June, July 24, 2011. CHE

Emeritus Status: It’s a Matter of Honor, Especially When It’s Denied, Ryan Brown, August 7, 2011.  CHE

Professors Are Graying and Staying, Creating a Faculty Bottleneck, Audrey Williams June, March 18, 2012, CHE.

Exploding the Myth of the Aging, Unproductive Professor, Josh Fischman, March 18, 2012, CHE

15 Colleges Receive Grants for Innovation in Helping Faculty Retire, Beth Mole, June 18, 2012.  CHE

Annals of Retirement, Bill Campbell, November 1, 2012.  CHE

Pushing Back Retirement, and Not Always for Money, Steven Greenhouse, March 12, 2013.  NYT

The Retirement Wave: Attitudes on College Retirement and Succession Planning, Jeffrey J. Selingo, January, 2014.  CHE

Can I Retire Without being a Fossil?, Ms. Mentor, April 16, 2014. CHE

The Forever Professors, Laurie Fendrich, November 14, 2014, CHE

Dignity in Retirement Is Not Too Much to Ask, Sue Barnes, Janette, Brown, and David L. Perlmutter, November 24, 2014.  CHE

‘Suicide Is My Retirement Plan,’ Stacey Patton, November 25, 2014, CHE

Emeritus Professors Make a Case for Campuses to Tap Their Talents, Audrey Williams June, June 3, 2016.  CHE

One Idea to Ease Faculty into Retirement: the ‘Terminal Sabbatical,’ Vilmal Patel,

July 26, 2016, CHE

Adjusting to Civilian Life, Barry S. Perlman, August 10, 2016.  CHE

Greasing the Retirement Wheel, Vilmal Patel, November 27, 2016.  CHE

A Guide to Navigate the Retirement Wilderness, Vilmal Patel, November 27, 2016. CHE

Finding the Path to Retirement, Kathleen W. Jones, November 27, 2016.  CHE

7 Ways to Ease the Transition to Retirement, Vilmal Patel, November 27, 2016.  CHE

The Faculty-Retirement Conundrum, The Chronicle Focus, January, 2017, CHE

         (A selection of articles from among those listed herein.)

This Is What Retirees Would Do Differently If They Could Go Back in Time, Walter Updegrave, April 18, 2017, MON

The Best Way to Keep Your Retirement on Track – Even When the Market Stinks,

Walter Updegrave, April 21, 2017, MON

Sure, You Can Take It With You – but Should You?, Michael Morris, August 28, 2017, CHE

IDEA LAB Retirement Incentives, Sponsored by TIAA, 2017, CHE

         (A selection of articles from among those listed herein)

Shred the Files, Savor the Career, Dwight E. Watson, September 10, 2017, CHE

3 Big Mistakes That Can Screw Up Even the Best Retirement Plan, Walter Undegrave,

September 14, 2017, MON

How to Make Sure Your Money Lasts Through Your Retirement,  Elizabeth O’Brien, September 21, 2017, MON