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New UI Press book looks at retired professors

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A just-published book from the University of Iowa Press is shedding new light on the experiences of retired university and college professors, the first in-depth study of this atypical group of retirees.

"The Sun Still Shone: Professors Talk about Retirement," by Lorraine T. Dorfman, professor of social work at the UI, explores the experiences of retired academics through an extensive series of personal interviews and questionnaires.

In more than 200 pages, Dorfman recounts more than 400 interviews with retired and soon-to-retire professors. Exploring the diversity of individual retirement experiences, Dorfman provides a fuller picture of academic retirement than has been available previously.

The book addresses basic issues in the retirement process, such as preparation, choosing where to live, evaluation of the experience, and activity patterns during retirement, but also looks at the unusual situation of most academics in retirement.

On average, professors retire several years later than their colleagues in other professions and often continue their professional work into retirement.

The interviewees included professors from a large public research university, three liberal arts colleges, a comprehensive university, and two old civic universities in the United Kingdom.

Lorraine Dorfman is a professor in the School of Social Work and director of the Aging Studies Program at the UI.

"The Sun Still Shone: Professors Talk about Retirement" is available at bookstores nationwide for $21.95 clothbound. The book can also be ordered from UI Press by calling (319) 384-3808 (for calls within Johnson County) or 1-800-235-2665 (outside Johnson County).

Information is also available at the UI Press website: