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

Overview

This video segment consists of excerpts from our interviews with retired faculty, as they address the question of what they would have liked to know before they retired, or what advice they would like to offer current faculty.

Juana Acrivos

Chemistry (2000)photo of Juana Acrivos

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Jill Cody
Jill Cody

Hospitality, Recreation, and Tourism (2006)

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  Phyllis Connolly

Nursing (2011)phyllis connolly

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 Abdel El-Shaieb

Organization and Management (2006)Abdel El-Shaieb

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  Bob Gliner

Sociology (2003)Photo of Bob Gliner

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 Patrick Hamill

Physics (2008)Photo of Patrick Hamill

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  Cindy Margolin

Psychology (2004)Cynthia Margolin

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 Bill McCraw

Political Science and Humanities (2001)Photo of Bill McCraw

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Susan Meyers

Special Education and College of Education (2009)Susan Meyers

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 Denise Murray

Linguistics and Language Development (2005)Photo of Denise Murray

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 Pat Nichols

Linguistics and Language Development (2000)Photo of Pat Nichols

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 Arlene Okerlund

English and Comparative Literature (2001)Photo of Arlene Okerlund

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 John Pollock

English and Comparative Literature (2003)Photo of John Pollock

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 Terri Thames

Counseling (2011)Terri Thames

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 Jo Bell Whitlatch

Library (2006)Jo Bell Whitlatch

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 Dennis Wilcox

Journalism and Mass Communications (2005)Dennis Wilcox

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  Marian Yoder

Nursing (2008)Marian Yoder

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