Log in

Association of Retirement Organizations
in Higher Education

“Reimagining Retirement: Exploring Your Life Plan,” a three-part virtual learning series hosted by AROHE and Fidelity Investments,® explores the social, psychological, and emotional aspects of transitioning to, and living in, retirement. The series is geared toward faculty and staff in higher education who are contemplating retirement or who are already retired and is designed to help attendees to clarify their goals and understand the changes that occur during life’s next chapter. There is no charge to attend; everyone is welcome to register. All sessions are 10 a.m. PST, 11 a.m. MST, 12 p.m. CST, 1 p.m. EST.

You can still register to participate in session III on February 27. Before attending, you can view the recordings of the first two sessions:  view the recording of session I and view the recording of session II.

Reframing Your

Tuesday, January 30
10-11:15 a.m. PST

Living Your Best Life: Habits of Highly Effective Retired People

Watch the Recording
View the Slides    Reading List

Retirement planning is complicated for all, but it can be especially challenging for those working in higher education because their identities are often tied to their profession. For some, the education and acculturation required to become faculty or staff at an academic institution leave little time to think about, or develop, outside interests. University of Toronto Sociology Professor Michelle Silver explored how careful planning for later career transitions can honor one’s lifelong commitment to their work. 

Reimagining Your
Personalized Plan

Tuesday, February 13
10-11:15 a.m. PST

Reimagining a Personalized
Plan for your Next Phase

Watch the Recording
View the Slides

After a long career of academic and workplace achievement, retirement presents a unique opportunity to create a different sort of legacy. New York Univerisity Work Life's Program Director of Retirement, Dr. Stacey Gordon, guided participants to examine their next phase opportunities, define goals, and make plans through a values-driven lens. Much of this can be achieved by drawing upon existing social networks and developing new connections and collaborations to support one’s goals. 

Rebuilding Your

Tuesday, February 27
10-11:15 a.m. PST

Strategies and Resources for Creating Connections

Once retired, many people feel a blissful release from the intense pressure of a full-time work week and welcome this new flexibility. Then, for some, the giddy glow wears off as they try to adjust to unstructured days, and they describe unexpected feelings of being at loose ends.

A panel of retired faculty and staff from colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada will share their strategies for rebuilding their networks, developing new social connections, and identifying resources to find purpose in this next chapter.

Session I Speaker
Dr. Michelle Silver, University of Toronto

Session II Speaker
Dr. Stacey Gordon, New York University

Michelle Silver is an associate professor at the University of Toronto and chair of the Department of Health and Society. Dr. Silver’s primary areas of research include:
1) Work, Aging, and Retirement;
2) Health Information Seeking; and 3) Perceptions about Aging and Health. Her book, Retirement and Its Discontents, was published in 2018 by Columbia University Press.

Dr. Silver also holds cross appointments in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health/IHPME and the Institute for Life Course and Aging at the University of Toronto. Her research has been supported by grants from multiple funding agencies including the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Connaught New Researcher Award, and the Mitacs Accelerate Program. 

Dr. Silver received a BA, BS, and MPP from the University of California, Berkeley and a PhD from the University of Chicago.

Stacey Gordon, DSW, LMSW, is the program director of Next Phase Adult Caregiving and Retirement for the Work Life Office at New York University. In her role she relies upon her expertise in social work and gerontology to provide university-wide programming, thought leadership, and personalized consultations with faculty and administrators on adult caregiving, aging, and retirement planning. She developed and directs the NYU Society of Retired Faculty.

Prior to joining the Work Life team, Dr. Gordon founded and directed geriatric care management practices in NYC, Chicago, and Israel. She served as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice and as an adjunct assistant professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work.

Dr. Gordon earned a doctorate in social welfare (DSW) from the NYU Silver School of Social Work. She holds an MSW from the University of Michigan and a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland.

Session III Panelists
Dr. Jan Blustein, Marty Howard, Eddie Murphy, Dr. Louise Nasmith

Dr. Jan Blustein
New York University

Jan Blustein, MD, PhD., is a health policy researcher who stepped down from her role teaching statistics at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School in 2022. She continues research in her retirement as a professor of medicine and population health at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Most of her retirement time is spent on “other things” – taking courses, visiting New York City landmarks, and enjoying family and friends. She has reflected on her retirement transition with the help of several organizations/ and programs, including the TART:S program at NYU (Talking About Retirement Together: Seriously), which was developed by Dr. Stacey Gordon.

Marty Howard
Boston University

Marty Howard’s many roles in higher education include graduate student, teaching assistant, external auditor, adjunct senior lecturer and more than a decade as CFO/Treasurer at a private research university. He also served on the boards of the New England regional accreditor for higher education and the Boston Consortium for Higher Education. Marty’s current “retirement” activities include a part-time role with an internal consulting team at a financial services company focused on the higher education industry. He is a licensed CPA and holds the professional designations of Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Financial Planner.

Eddie Murphy

A founding member of AROHE, Eddie is a Wellsville, Ohio native who returned to her village after residing in Southern California for nearly four decades. In L.A., she worked for Hughes Aircraft, and later UCLA, where she directed retiree activities and organizations. The insight she gleaned from observing thousands of individuals navigate retirement directly influenced her own retirement journey. Currently, she is a founding trustee and president of the Wellsville Community Foundation. Having renovated a historic home, she gives tours and offers a respite dwelling to individuals in ministry. She also portrays Harriet Tubman at events throughout the United States.

Dr. Louise Nasmith
Univ. of British Columbia

Dr. Louise Nasmith, is a professor emeritus in UBC’s Department of Family Practice, a fellow with the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and an honorary fellow with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She obtained her medical degree and a Master of Education from McGill University and has published and presented internationally, focusing on medical education. During her career, she worked to advance collaborative practice and interprofessional education in primary health care. In retirement, she volunteers with local groups, organizes hiking trips, plans the College of Professors Emeriti retirement seminars, and serves the CFPC and other national initiatives.

Publicity Kit

Organizations that wish to publicize the "Reimagining Retirement" virtual learning series can access email and press release templates as well as images by clicking here.

At AROHE, we know that higher education retirees are assets of society who reinvent, NOT retire from, life; positively impact their communities; and contribute to the greater good. AROHE supports all phases of faculty/staff retirement through a dynamic member network that links retired faculty/staff associations, retiree and emeriti centers, and campus offices that engage retirees such as human resources, academic affairs, alumni, and advancement/developmentAROHE provides resources and connections to increase retirees' value to their colleges/universities, communities, and professions in the areas of philanthropy, advocacy on behalf of the institution, volunteerism, and institutional knowledge and commitment.

Fidelity’s mission is to strengthen the financial well-being of our customers and deliver better outcomes for the clients and businesses we serve. We understand the complexities involved with transitioning to, and living in, retirement extend beyond financial security. We are supporting this learning series to help faculty and staff understand these complexities as well. If you do have questions about your financial preparedness, or would like a second opinion, connect with us at Fidelity – Ask Us Anything

Fidelity Investments and AROHE are independent entities and are not legally affiliated.

Get Involved


Contact Us
Questions or website issues?

Email (preferred):

Telephone: 530-219-1049


835 West 34th Street

URC 103, MC 0751

Los Angeles, CA 90089

AROHE will never sell or give your personal information to sponsors or partners without your expressed permission. This permission is typically done as a part of an event registration where members and registrants "opt in" to receive email notices from a partner or sponsor. In this case a member or registrant's email address is provided to the sponsor or partner.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software