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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 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

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03601270590921654


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

http://www.chronicle.com/article/The-Road-to-Retirement-Not/45800


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

http://www.chronicle.com/article/The-Road-to-Retirement-Not/45800


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

http://www.chronicle.com/article/The-Road-to-Retirement-Caring/48239


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

http://www.chronicle.com/article/Well-Work-for-Free-Say/49444


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

http://www.acenet.edu/leadership/programs/Documents/Retirement-Literature-Review.pdf


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

http://www.chronicle.com/article/We-Need-to-See-Retirement-as-a/65187


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

http://www.chronicle.com/resource/the-faculty-retirement-conundr/6184/


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

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2010/12/scholars-venerable/


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

http://www.chronicle.com/article/To-Encourage-Faculty-to/126639


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

https://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/articles/2011/08/22/why-your-retirement-may-not-be-permanent


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

https://theconversation.com/at-uc-san-diego-retired-professors-are-mentoring-first-generation-college-students-50290


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

http://www.acenet.edu/leadership/programs/Pages/Alfred-P-Sloan-Projects-for-Faculty-Career-Flexibility.aspx


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

July 12, 2011.  CHE

http://www.chronicle.com/article/College-Leaders-Discuss-One/128190


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

http://www.acenet.edu/leadership/programs/Documents/SLOAN-report-FINAL-legal.pdf


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

http://www.chronicle.com/article/Senior-Professors-Not-When-to/128298


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

http://www.chronicle.com/article/Emeritus-Status-Its-a-Matter/128536


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

http://www.chronicle.com/article/Professors-Are-Graying-and/131226


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

http://www.chronicle.com/article/Exploding-the-Myth-of-the/131225


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

http://www.chronicle.com/article/15-Colleges-Receive-Grants-for/132373


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

http://www.chronicle.com/article/Annals-of-Retirement/135452


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

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/13/business/retirementspecial/pushing-back-retirement-and-not-always-for-money.html


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

http://red-academica.net/observatorio-academico/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/TCOHE-2014-Retirement-Wave.pdf


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

http://www.chronicle.com/article/Can-I-Retire-Without-Being-a/145915


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

http://www.chronicle.com/article/retire-already-/149965


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

http://www.chronicle.com/article/Dignity-in-Retirement-Is-Not/150191


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

https://chroniclevitae.com/news/818-suicide-is-my-retirement-plan


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

http://www.chronicle.com/article/Emeritus-Professors-Make-a/236693


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

July 26, 2016, CHE

http://www.chronicle.com/article/One-Idea-to-Ease-Faculty-Into/237249


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

http://www.chronicle.com/article/Adjusting-to-Civilian-Life/237417


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

http://www.chronicle.com/article/Greasing-the-Retirement-Wheel/238493


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

http://www.chronicle.com/article/A-Guide-to-Navigate-the/238492


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

http://www.chronicle.com/article/Finding-the-Path-to-Retirement/238497


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

http://www.chronicle.com/article/7-Ways-to-Ease-the-Transition/238491


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

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

http://www.chronicle.com/resource/the-faculty-retirement-conundr/6184/


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

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/retirees-differently-could-back-time-135906687.html


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

Walter Updegrave, April 21, 2017, MON

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/best-way-keep-retirement-track-170927185.html


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

http://www.chronicle.com/article/Sure-You-Can-Take-It-With-You/241023


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

         (A selection of articles from among those listed herein)

http://www.chronicle.com/specialreport/Retirement-Incentives/67


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

http://www.chronicle.com/article/Shred-the-Files-Savor-the/241104


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

September 14, 2017, MON

http://time.com/money/4938871/3-big-mistakes-that-can-screw-up-even-the-best-retirement-plan/


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

http://time.com/money/4943890/the-end-of-4-smarter-ways-to-generate-income-for-life/