before social security, stealthy security

Yesterday I was chatting with someone and they used the phrase “disguised retirement” for a professor who was post-tenure and doing what was required to keep getting paychecks but otherwise had punched out of their department and discipline. I hadn’t heard this phrase before, but I’m using it from now on.

Author: jeremy

I am the Ethel and John Lindgren Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

5 thoughts on “before social security, stealthy security”

  1. We have the opposite in my department: tenured full professors who have officially retired, but don’t vacate their office for a semester or more. They stick around and have fun.

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  2. In my first job there was one guy who actually had another full time job in the adjacent state. This was a scandal when it was discovered. Most of the other older people did not do much except show up for classes and faculty meetings.

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