Late Career Faculty Perceptions: Implications for Retirement Planning and Policymaking

June 2005

In this article, the authors present highlights from a survey of faculty age 50 and over at the Associated New American Colleges, University of North Carolina, and University of Minnesota. In general, their results portray a late career faculty cohort that is highly productive, hardworking and largely satisfied. Results also show that there are significant differences in faculty perceptions by gender and ethnicity. Survey findings suggest that institutions may have much to gain through policymaking that is attentive to late career faculty perceptions and faculty aspirations for life in retirement.