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Alive After AcademiaPost-Career Reflections of Social Work Educators$
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Spencer J. Zeiger

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190068189

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190068189.001.0001

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This Is My Last Shot

This Is My Last Shot

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(p.26) 3 This Is My Last Shot
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Alive After Academia
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Spencer James Zeiger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190068189.003.0004

Participants were asked to recall their final year of teaching, when they knew they would be leaving, and to describe how it affected their job performance. Some claimed there was no measurable difference in their last year, but for most their last year in academia was special. Some participants articulated a sense of relief: their work had come to a natural end, and now they were happy to pass the torch. With The Next Chapter approaching, many participants looked forward to a relaxed transition and to calmer days. The desire to “go out strong” was a popular response. This chapter describes how professors approaching The Next Chapter were resolute that their final year would be their best ever. They were fired up, and in turn ignited their students.

Keywords:   retirement, social work education, teaching, transition, academia

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