Life Beyond Academia Yes, Virginia, there is life after academia. After 30 hectic years in an academic setting writing grants, conducting research, attending more meetings than I care to remember, and standing in front of a class lecturing, I decided to throw in the towel and take an early retirement. My first ... Viewpoint
Viewpoint  |   October 01, 2003
Life Beyond Academia
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  • Kenneth Ruder
    Cincinnati, OH
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Viewpoint   |   October 01, 2003
Life Beyond Academia
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, October 2003, Vol. 6, 9-10. doi:10.1044/ihe6.2.9
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, October 2003, Vol. 6, 9-10. doi:10.1044/ihe6.2.9
Yes, Virginia, there is life after academia. After 30 hectic years in an academic setting writing grants, conducting research, attending more meetings than I care to remember, and standing in front of a class lecturing, I decided to throw in the towel and take an early retirement. My first thoughts as I signed the retirement documents was of all the time I would have to travel when I wanted (especially during the school year), and begin work on the novel that I had always wanted to write.
Before my retirement was finally consummated, I had an opportunity to join the clinical staff at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital as a staff speech therapist. As I left the academic setting for the private sector, I told my students that I was leaving behind, that I was going out into the real world to practice what I had been preaching for 30 years since my schedule on the University calendar left very little time to participate in clinical activities.
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