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New UI Press book looks at retired professors
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A just-published book from the University of Iowa
Press is shedding new light on the experiences of retired university and
college professors, the first in-depth study of this atypical group of
"The Sun Still Shone: Professors Talk about Retirement," by
Lorraine T. Dorfman, professor of social work at the UI, explores the experiences
of retired academics through an extensive series of personal interviews
In more than 200 pages, Dorfman recounts more than 400 interviews with
retired and soon-to-retire professors. Exploring the diversity of individual
retirement experiences, Dorfman provides a fuller picture of academic retirement
than has been available previously.
The book addresses basic issues in the retirement process, such as preparation,
choosing where to live, evaluation of the experience, and activity patterns
during retirement, but also looks at the unusual situation of most academics
On average, professors retire several years later than their colleagues
in other professions and often continue their professional work into retirement.
The interviewees included professors from a large public research university,
three liberal arts colleges, a comprehensive university, and two old civic
universities in the United Kingdom.
Lorraine Dorfman is a professor in the School of Social Work and director
of the Aging Studies Program at the UI.
"The Sun Still Shone: Professors Talk about Retirement" is
available at bookstores nationwide for $21.95 clothbound. The book can
also be ordered from UI Press by calling (319) 384-3808 (for calls within
Johnson County) or 1-800-235-2665 (outside Johnson County).
Information is also available at the UI Press website: http://www.uiowa.edu/~uipress/