Life Beyond Academia In January 2000, I began my last semester of teaching at Northern Illinois University. I was going to retire; something I never thought I’d do. I loved my job and intended to work until I died; but here I was, preparing to leave. I had questions: How could I ... SIG News
SIG News  |   October 01, 2004
Life Beyond Academia
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  • James Andrews
    Portland, OR
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SIG News   |   October 01, 2004
Life Beyond Academia
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, October 2004, Vol. 7, 14. doi:10.1044/ihe7.2.14
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, October 2004, Vol. 7, 14. doi:10.1044/ihe7.2.14
In January 2000, I began my last semester of teaching at Northern Illinois University. I was going to retire; something I never thought I’d do. I loved my job and intended to work until I died; but here I was, preparing to leave. I had questions: How could I leave a job I had liked for 30 years? Would we actually move to Portland, OR as my wife, Mary; son, Dave; and daughter-in law, Sarah, were “planning?” Who would I be if I weren’t working? The answers became self-evident as the semester progressed. It turned out to be a very natural transition and, yes, three weeks after I retired we moved into our new house in Portland.
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