Why I won’t retire: US professor

June 13, 2019

"I believe it is my moral responsibility not to retire, because I am still incredibly effective at age 80 as both a teacher and scholar," writes Robert Nash in an essay reflecting on the joys of being a professor. The author notes that rather than offer a critique of higher education and the forces influencing it, he wishes to highlight all of the reasons a person would want to continue working as a professor. First and foremost among these, Nash notes, is to listen to students’ personal stories and to help them in their quest for meaning. "There is no question, no student, that I consider to be unimportant," the author adds, noting that "the quest for meaning is ubiquitous, no matter a person’s age, course of study or career leaning." Inside Higher Ed (International)