Labor & Work-Life Issues

Aging Professors Create a Faculty Bottleneck

At some universities, 1 in 3 academics are now 60 or older

Corey Wascinski for The Chronicle

At elite research universities, where longtime professors enjoy freedom and resources, many don't see the need to retire. The number of faculty members ages 65 and up more than doubled from 2000 to 2011.
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When Mary Beth Norton went to work at Cornell University in 1971, she was the history department's first female hire. But now the accomplished professor has a different mark of distinction: She is the oldest American-history scholar at Cornell.


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