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Research in Higher Education

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 301–316 | Cite as

Emeritus professors: Correlates of professional activity in retirement

  • Lorraine T. Dorfman
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Abstract

The major purpose of this study was to investigate correlates of professional activity of professors in retirement. The investigation focused on a number of variables related to the nature of academic work, including professional role orientation, professional affiliations and contacts, material supports, department, and the state of knowledge in various fields. Sixty-four University of Iowa emeritus professors who continued to reside in the Iowa City area during the entire year, and thus had opportunity to maintain University contacts and use University facilities, were interviewed. The most striking finding was the high degree of consistency between level of professional activity during the preretirement career and level of professional activity in retirement. Significant correlates of professional activity in retirement included rated importance of research or other creative work, strength of ties to colleagues and professional organizations outside the University, contacts with former students, and departmental membership in the older, traditional professions.

Keywords

Education Research Professional Organization Major Purpose Professional Affiliation Professional Activity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lorraine T. Dorfman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Home EconomicsThe University of IowaUSA

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