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The Aging Professoriate & Faculty Buyout Packages: What Your Institution Can and Should Be Doing to Prepare

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What do Penn State University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of North Dakota, the University of Wisconsin system, and the University of Missouri all have in common besides being large, public, comprehensive universities? Each of them has rolled out over a limited time a voluntary faculty buyout package to some of their eligible full-time faculty. Meanwhile, private institutions such as Gonzaga University, Loyola University New Orleans, Nova Southeastern University, Oberlin College, Valparaiso University, and William Peace University have also offered certain qualified, full-time professors voluntary separation offers over the last couple of years.

The aging faculty, almost a cliché, has indeed been a topic covered in both the academic literature and mainstream press. The trend of professors continuing to work into their “golden years” is not going away. In higher education, more elder professors simply means fewer younger assistant professors right out of graduate school being hired and prepared to take over the many academic roles when senior faculty retire. As more professors near retirement age and realize the insufficiency of their financial preparedness, more are likely to choose continued employment. Please join Dr. Robert Hill as he outlines proactive and strategic measures to address issues surrounding the aging professoriate and provides ways to make this impending reality a “win-win” for the entire institution.


Your conference leader for “The Aging Professoriate & Faculty Buyout Packages: What Your Institution Can and Should Be Doing to Prepare” is Dr. Robert Hill. Dr. Hill previously served as a full-time associate professor of higher education leadership at NSU’s Abraham S. Fischler College of Education where he taught live, blended, and online graduate classes. He also served as an online field associate and a dissertation advisor. He has been the Co-PI on a National Science Foundation Grant, and has been awarded faculty research grants at two different private universities. He is passionate about students and learning. His current research focus is on the professoriate & shared governance, and free speech & civility on campus.

Dr. Hill started his education career by teaching high school English in the public school system for ten years, before turning to postsecondary education. In addition to serving as a faculty member and graduate advisor for over a decade, Dr. Hill has served higher education as a director of student services; associate dean; coordinator of a Title III-Funded Academic Support Center; academic advisor; coordinator of student teaching; faculty advisor; department chair; and doctoral enrollment counselor for twenty-four years at different private colleges & universities. He is a member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education [ASHE], and the American Association of University Administrators [AAUA] (on the board of directors and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Higher Education Management). He is a current reviewer for the Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education, and he is a peer reviewer/evaluator with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). He has presented at numerous regional and national conferences, and he has published articles on both academic affairs- and student affairs-related topics.

Hill holds a BAE in English education from the University of Florida, a M.Ed. in educational administration and supervision from the University of South Florida, and an Ed.D. in higher education administration from Nova Southeastern University.