Claire Potter: I Will Go Voluntarily at 67

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[Claire Potter is a professor of history and American studies at Wesleyan University, and blogs at Tenured Radical.]

You heard it here first: I will retire as a tenured professor no later than the spring of 2025. I will be 67.

Under federal law, my university cannot require retirement at any age, whether I am vigorous and productive, or a colleague with deteriorating skills and energy. Because of this, we need to imagine voluntary retirement as a foundation for the 21st century university.

Why go at 67? I believe that if senior scholars offer experience, young Ph.D.’s challenge us with new knowledge....

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