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.


  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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