An Encore Professor | Jay Halfond

August 22, 2014 4:23 PM

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An Encore Professor | Jay Halfond

Encore careers are becoming far more common -- as we live longer, with more interests and options, and with the need to work for both the pleasure and income it provides. After four decades as a university administrator, I am now following in the footsteps of my father and my son, both university professors. What is most remarkable about academe is that these dramatic job changes can occur within the same enterprise, and in my case within the same institution.

I had stepped down as a dean and received the standard sabbatical, which I relished. I had a long list of what I hoped to accomplish, with some unexpected opportunities emerging along the way, so that it felt far less restful than unrelenting. To my surprise I missed very little of the deanship, des...

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