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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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Twinkle in Their Eyes

Twinkle in Their Eyes

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(p.36) 5 Twinkle in Their Eyes
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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/9780190068189.003.0006

This chapter answers the question: “What do people do after they leave the academy?” Participants were asked what they were doing now that they did not have the time or inclination to do before. Their responses will provide knowledge, comfort, and a glimpse of hope for the future. As participants described their post-academia life, their facial expressions and gestures became animated. They had a twinkle in their eye. They seemed at peace and happy; they were having fun beyond traditional work. Responses to the question “What are you doing now that you are no longer a professor?” can be broken down into five categories: freedom/life control; positive changes in human relationships; a greater appreciation of life; new and renewed ambitions and activities; and a description of the “daily putter.”

Keywords:   retirement, academic, freedom, life appreciation, family, relationships, activities

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