Interviews with Retired SJSU Faculty

SJSU is fortunate to have been one of 15 campuses nation-wide to receive a Transitions to Retirement award from the American Council on Education and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. As part of this award, we have created a series of brief videotaped interviews with retired SJSU faculty. We have sought to provide a window onto their experience as they contemplated, completed and then adjusted to retirement. Our hope is that current faculty will find these perspectives useful as they consider their own career paths.

Interview Questions

We asked our interviewees to share with us the following:

  • What considerations prompted them to begin thinking about retirement
  • What steps they took (the people they spoke with, the information they gathered, the events they attended, and the like) once they began thinking about retirement
  • How their actual experience of retirement compared with their pre-retirement expectations
  • What they have found easy and what they have found challenging about retirement
  • What they wish they had known earlier, about the process or about what to expect
  • What advice they cared to share with other faculty, in order to help them with their transitions to retirement
  • What keeps them busy and active, now that they are retired
  • How, if at all, they remain connected with SJSU

Interviews

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photo of Juana Acrivos  Juana Acrivos
Chemistry
(2000)
 

 

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Jill Cody Jill Cody
Hospitality, Recreation, and Tourism
(2006)

 

 

 

 

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 phyllis connolly Phyllis Connolly
Nursing
(2011)
 

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 Abdel El-Shaieb Abdel El-Shaieb
Organization and Management
(2006)
 

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 Photo of Bob Gliner Bob Gliner
Sociology
(2003)
 

 

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Photo of Patrick Hamill Patrick Hamill
Physics
(2008)
 

 

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 Cynthia Margolin  Cindy Margolin
Psychology
(2004)

 

 

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Photo of Bill McCraw Bill McCraw
Political Science and Humanities
(2001)
 

 

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Photo of Denise Murray Denise Murray
Linguistics and Language Development
(2005)

 

 

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Photo of Pat Nichols Pat Nichols
Linguistics and Language Development
(2000)
 

 

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Photo of Arlene Okerlund Arlene Okerlund
English and Comparative Literature
(2001)
 

 

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Photo of John Pollock John Pollock
English and Comparative Literature
(2003)
 

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 Terri Thames Terri Thames
Counseling
(2011)

 

 

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 Jo Bell Whitlatch Jo Bell Whitlatch
Library
(2006)
 

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Dennis Wilcox  Dennis Wilcox
Journalism and Mass Communications
(2005)
 

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 Marian Yoder Marian Yoder
Nursing
(2008)

 

 

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