In 2018- 2019 ARRUF is pursuing two paths to envision the future roles of retired faculty members in universities: (1) Studies of what members and departments are doing now and have been doing and (2) evaluation of trends nationwide and how Rice (and universities like it) might fit into those in the future.¬†
Academic Memoirs or Trajectories.¬†First, ARRUF is encouraging its members to prepare academic memoirs or intellectual trajectories that now lead into the highpoint of their lives. June Ferrill is leading the Academic Memoirs Project and the Writers Gatherings. One is being held on September 21st. The session will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Fondren 412. At lunch, writers from the spring session will join in. A session on writing introductions and anecdotes for everyone will continue for an hour after lunch. Examples of academic memoirs are posted in the MEMBERS section. Materials for current members' "Profiles" are also being collected and put up in the MEMBERS section. Sign up with Diana.Heard@rice.edu¬†for a spot in this project!¬†
The next meeting of the Memoirs Writing Group is December 12, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in Fondren 412 or on ZOOM.¬†
As part of this effort, the Benefits and Privileges Committee has been collecting survey data on how departments and deans believe retired faculty may contribute to the missions of departments and schools, creating VALUE FOR RICE. The Interim Report is¬†here.
Books We Love Project.¬†On the second Friday of each month, everyone is welcome to attend the discussion at 3 p.m. in Fondren 412. Each time two members will discuss books they love--either ones they have donated to the ARRUF collection or ones that are available in Fondren Library. Hearing what books influenced a scholar gives us insight into one another's career and world view. Wine and cheese fuel the flow of ideas.
Changing Contexts/Changing Roles.¬†Second, wonky as it sounds, ARRUF is taking an academic approach to the role of retired faculty in universities, sponsoring conferences, conversations, and events to examine what other universities are doing and what national trends will change the context (such as the longevity economy) for universities and retirees. The first conversation, focusing on the realities of retired living, will be held on September 27th. The first Conference will be held on October 3rd. The speaker and panelists have been invited and have accepted.
More details will follow. Come join in this groundbreaking effort.