I've fought the good fight, risen through the ranks, done more than my share of service (but perhaps somewhat less than my share of research), and have been a decent teacher. But after the past few years of losses in my family, a bout with breast cancer, changes in the department (75% turnover in the last four years), changes in the discipline, etc. etc., I'm weary.
Soooo . . . I'm contemplating retiring in about three years. I can swing it financially, assuming that (a) I maintain a quite modest lifestyle and (b) the stock market doesn't tank. (Thank you "defined contribution" retirement plan . . . .)
Q: Should I? How do I tell if this is just the weariness talking or if it really is time to exit and let new blood face the challenges -- both good and bad -- of the college? What do proffies tend to do if they retire before they are 60?