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Started by GuyRien, September 14, 2023, 01:07:30 PM
Quote from: Puget on September 14, 2023, 03:44:53 PMI'm decades from retirement myself, but all my colleagues who have retired have done so gradually and with lots of notice. They have pretty much all taken advantage of the 3-year stepped retirement path we have, where they go to 3/4 time, then 1/2 time, then 1/4 time, then retire. That gives them time to wind down their labs gracefully while reducing and then eliminating teaching. They generally stopped taking new grad students when they knew they planned to retire before within 5 years (the length of our PhD program), and stayed long enough to see their last student defend. That's for those who have actually retired. Some have officially retired and stopped teaching, but remained very research active as emeritus (heck, some have kept their labs running much the same as before).
Quote from: Hegemony on September 14, 2023, 05:38:53 PMNot good to start two separate threads on the same topic.
Quote from: fizzycist on September 14, 2023, 05:22:44 PMSo you're in your early 50s and ready to retire? Ruled out switching fields, doing admin, changing universities, etc?
Quote from: GuyRien on September 14, 2023, 04:59:17 PMThanks. That's interesting, I never heard of this stepped retirement scheme. But won't it get awkward and potentially combative? Wouldn't the person who is going to retire get allocated all the awful classes, get their labs/grants poached etc?
Quote from: Morden on September 15, 2023, 02:22:12 PMAs far as winding down, all I can suggest is to be very judicious about what you say yes to. I gradually shifted responsibility in a research group to other members; I carefully selected service opportunities. I didn't have graduate students, but think I would just have said something like "I'm sorry; you're great, but I'm not taking anybody on at this time" and left it at that.