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 May 19, 2016)
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.
READINGS ON RETIREMENT
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,
How to Make Sure Your Money Lasts Through Your Retirement, Elizabeth O’Brien, September 21, 2017, MON