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, who lives in Santa Fe, is leading the Academic Memoirs Project and the Writers Gatherings. June will be in Houston for a special face-to-face session on March 22nd. The session will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Fondren 412, followed by 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. Reply to ARRUF.firstname.lastname@example.org for a spot in this project!
The next regular meeting of the Memoirs Writing Group is March 8, 2019 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, was held on September 27, 2018. The first Conference, on the Role of Retired Faculty in Universities, was held on October 3rd. The principal speaker, Roger Baldwin, presented the results of a study of retired faculty organizations at universities across the U.S. See more in the conference report. The spring 2019 conference will feature Paul Irving, Chairman of the Milken Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging.
More details will follow. Come join in this groundbreaking effort.