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What happens to unproductive professors?

This depends on a lot of things, including how you define productive. I think you mean "produces publications", but there are other definitions. In particular, some professor who hasn't done a lot of ...
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What happens to unproductive professors?

It is a common misconception that professors with tenure "can't be fired". They cannot just be "let go" but the American Association of University Professors recognizes three reasons why a professor, ...
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Where can an academic put their lecture slides for posterity?

Archive.org (not to be confused with arxiv.org) aims to be the world's library. According to its FAQ, The Internet Archive focuses on preservation and providing access to digital cultural artifacts ...
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Should tenured researchers be "encouraged" (forced) to retire at a certain age?

Here in Germany, professors are public servants and automatically retire when reaching retirement age. This has the equally automatic consequence that they are not paid a wage out of the university ...
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Should tenured researchers be "encouraged" (forced) to retire at a certain age?

The issue is not the age of these faculty members but that they do not carry their share of the workload and expectations of the department: Their sum of research, teaching, and service work does not ...
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What happens to unproductive professors?

I’d say that these cases are rather uncommon. There can be several explanations to what you observe 1. Senior faculty tend to take on more managerial roles (department heads, vice deans, research ...
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Publication costs in an obscure journal how to fund?

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) currently lists 1,845 open access journals in the field of Medicine that do not charge any publication fees. You could use the advanced query functions to ...
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Should tenured researchers be "encouraged" (forced) to retire at a certain age?

It seems to me that in all the examples you have given, the problematic issue is not age per se, but rather, the low level of productivity of the older academics you mention. It is also notable that ...
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Should tenured researchers be "encouraged" (forced) to retire at a certain age?

There are places with mandatory retirement ages. There are other places where such practices are illegal. Most professors are subject to annual (or so) review and generally self justify their ...
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Where can an academic put their lecture slides for posterity?

I would recommend that you put your slides somewhere widely indexed (so, very findable! things that are captured by google scholar, for instance) and run by a non-profit on top of open source software....
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What happens to unproductive professors?

A lot will depend on the culture of the department and the university. I would say that even at most R1 departments, if a professor whose research is trailing off makes major contributions in other ...
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Do retired researchers keep a personal web site?

If you're retired and want to have a site with all your work, go ahead. If you don't want to ever deal with work again, then don't. It's a 100% personal choice.
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Publication costs in an obscure journal how to fund?

Suggestion 1: I notice you've spent most of your career at the University of Cambridge. Are you a member of the Cambridge Philosophical Society? Providing financial support to a member in this ...
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What happens to unproductive professors?

I've seen the following four approaches to the problem of unproductive (in research) tenured faculty. Give them lousy (or non-existent) raises every year. Two such professors were excellent teachers, ...
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Where can an academic put their lecture slides for posterity?

The lectures could also be collected to be posted on sites such as these. https://www.udemy.com/ http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses https://www.onlinecourses.com/lectures/ I might also ...
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Where can an academic put their lecture slides for posterity?

As a wildcard approach, and depends on the content. But how about somewhere that they can be maintained and developed further, such as Github? For Comp Sci, this is a well known resource. ...
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What happens to unproductive professors?

In the department I did grad school in, there was not a single professor that matched the description you mentioned (out of 30+). All were still taking grad students and publishing. Of course, I'm ...
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Does a professor emeritus typically retain full health benefits?

Generally, being a "professor emeritus" just means that you keep your academic privileges such as being able to advise students, to access the library, etc -- but not the benefits of ...
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Does a professor emeritus typically retain full health benefits?

This is a contractual matter and in some places a matter of state law, though I can't cite sources on the latter. "State policy" might be a better way to say it. So, it varies. My last ...
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What happens to unproductive professors?

Responding a bit tangentially: in terms of the risks one takes in playing the academic game, in trying to do "research" (whether in science or humanities or...), the idea of "tenure&...
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Where can an academic put their lecture slides for posterity?

I would suggest creating a personal web page using one of the freely available alternatives such as github/gitlab/bitbucket pages or maybe google sites. This is a free solution which is easy to ...
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Where can an academic put their lecture slides for posterity?

It is also possible that your department's Student Association has a website with study material. The collection at my association includes mostly past-year's exams, but if the slides are actually ...
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Graduate Research After Retirement

This is harder to answer because you seem to want to change fields. Otherwise, and if you are near to a research university, you could just ask to be allowed to attend research seminars in the field ...
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Is it possible to contribute to academic research after retirement from the industry?

A non-negligible amount of people start a PhD after retirement from industry. Depending on where you are in the world, if there are coursework requirements, having a master's may exempt you, so this ...
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Should I retire early from my tenured job?

I'm retired for a few years. I'm having a great time. I loved my job, but the physical demands got to be tiring. More than that was the responsibility I felt for all my students. It was good to be ...
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Should I retire early from my tenured job?

If this was me, I would ponder on this question for one year, then make a final decision. Perhaps taking a sabbatical could help you know what you want. I knew of a colleague who took a one year ...
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Should tenured researchers be "encouraged" (forced) to retire at a certain age?

A very reasonable question. But/and, when people embark upon an academic career, they're thinking about short-term sacrifices in pay and choice-of-location for longer-term stability and security. That'...
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University pension in the UK

For UK workplace pensions you need to first read this: https://www.gov.uk/workplace-pensions Employers are required by law to provide a pension scheme (and to auto enroll you with an opt out option). ...
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How to sign a professional email as a retired professor in two departments . .

Congratulations on keeping contributing after retiring! I would say that there is no general answer to your question, but sometime, you can achieve a better solution by questioning the premises of the ...
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Do retired researchers keep a personal web site?

My university web pages have some still useful material and they get hits. So, the university has decided to keep them up, even though I maintain the content. This is ten years or so after retirement. ...
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