Emeritus professors of an English university: how is the wisdom of the aged used?

Thody, Angela (2011) Emeritus professors of an English university: how is the wisdom of the aged used? Studies in Higher Education, 36 (6). pp. 637-653. ISSN 0307-5079

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2010.488721

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Abstract

This study of emeritus professors at an English university aims to stimulate debate
about their professional and leisure activities in retirement, how much use they
make of their university’s facilities and how much use their universities make of
them. It reveals that about half remain very happily active in teaching and research,
though not always remunerated for it or recognised by their universities for their
contributions. Unlike their North American counterparts, hardly any have
celebratory rites of passage to emeritus status, or emeritus associations or centres
that they can join. There was some disquiet amongst emeriti about their status and
no university policy about using emeriti’s contributions, but generally England’s
emeriti are healthily active, enjoying a wide range of activities and some contacts
with their previous careers.

Keywords:academic identity, career perception, emeriti, emeritus, professors, lifelong learning, retirement
Subjects:X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
N Business and Administrative studies > N224 Management and Organisation of Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:7914
Deposited On:08 Mar 2013 11:48

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