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JOEL S. SAVISHINSKY
Department of Anthropology
Ithaca, New York 14850
Department of Anthropology
Ithaca, New York
& The Gerontology Institute
Ithaca, New York 14850
STATUS AT RETIREMENT:
Charles A. Dana Professor in the Social Sciences
Department of Anthropology & The Gerontology Institute, Ithaca College
B.A. 1964 in Sociology-Anthropology, taken cum laude and with
Honors in the Social Sciences, from City College of
New York, June 1964
Ph.D. 1970 in Anthropology, from Cornell University, January 1970
SELECTED ACADEMIC POSITIONS:
1966 Physical Anthropologist,
Expedition to Sardis, Turkey
1969-1973 Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology,
Adelphi University, Garden City, New York
Lecturer, American Museum of Natural History,
Evening School for Adults, Department of Education
1973- 2008 Department of Anthropology, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York
1973-1975: Assistant Professor
1974-1978, 1981-1987, 1995-1996: Chairperson
1975-1984: Associate Professor with tenure
1984-2008: Professor with tenure
1997-2008: Charles A. Dana Professor in the Social Sciences
1987-1988 Visiting Professor, Centre for Environmental and Social
Studies on Ageing, Polytechnic of North London, England
1993-1995 Lecturer, New York Council for The Humanities, Speakers
1994 Visiting Lecturer,
University of Pittsburgh, Semester at
Sea Program, Institute for Shipboard Education (Spring1994)
Lady Doak College, and Bishop Appasamy College,
Tamil Nadu, South India
2000 Visiting Lecturer, University of
Pittsburgh, Semester at
Sea Program, Institute for Shipboard Education (Fall 2000)
SELECTED GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS:
1967-1968 National Science Foundation Doctoral Research
for research in the Canadian Arctic
1971 National Museum
of Man, National Museums of Canada,
grant for research in the Canadian Arctic
1979-1980 National Endowment for The Humanities,
Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Independent Study and
Research, for research in England
1988-1989 Grants from the Gerontology Institute & the Provost’s
Ithaca College, for a study of human services for British families
Caring for dementia sufferers, London, England
1997-1998 National Endowment for The Humanities, Fellowship for
Independent Study and Research, for a project on
Retirement and Meaning in American and Indian Culture
1997-2000 Private foundation grant, through the Gerontology
at Ithaca College, for a study of “Morality and Meaning in Later
Life,” as part of the “Pathways to Life Quality” Project
2007-2008 Legacy Grant, Provost’s Office, Ithaca College, for the
creation of a
Database & Historical Archive of Student Fieldwork Experiences
1974 THE TRAIL OF THE HARE: LIFE AND STRESS IN AN ARCTIC
COMMUNITY. New York: Gordon and Breach, Inc.
1978 (Editor). STRANGERS NO MORE: ANTHROPOLOGICAL STUDIES
OF CAT ISLAND, THE
BAHAMAS. Ithaca, New York: Department
of Anthropology, Ithaca
1982 “Vicarious Emotions and Cultural Restraint,” Journal of
Anthropology 5 (2):
1985 “Pets and Family Relationships among Nursing Home
Marriage and Family
Review Vol. 8, Nos. 3/4: 109-134.
1986 “Copper on Tin” (poem) Crosscurrents: A
Quarterly Vol. 6, No. 1: 17. Reprinted
in Alan F. Pater (ed.),
Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American
1986-1988. Beverly Hills, CA: Monitor Book CO. (1988).
1990 DEMENTIA SUFFERERS AND THEIR CARERS: A STUDY OF
FAMILY EXEPERIENCES AND SUPPORTIVE
SERVICES IN THE
LONDON BOROUGH OF
ISLINGTON. London: PNL Press.
1991 DEVIANCE: ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES. Co-edited and
co-authored with Morris Freilich
and Douglas Raybeck. New York:
Bergin and Garvey.
1991 “A New Life for The Old: The Role of The Elderly in The Bahamas.”
The World and I
Vol. 6, No. 3: 617-629.
1991 THE ENDS OF TIME: LIFE AND WORK IN A NURSING HOME.
New York: Bergin and Garvey.
1994 THE TRAIL OF THE HARE: ENVIRONMENT AND STRESS IN AN
ARCTIC COMMUNITY, 2nd,
revised edition. New York: Gordon and Breach.
1995 “The Unbearable Lightness of Retirement: Ritual and Support in a Modern
Passage,” Research on
Aging Vol. 17, No. 3: 243-259.
1996 “She Made Us Into Syllables” (poem), The Berkshire
Vol. 4: 56.
2000 BREAKING THE WATCH: THE MEANINGS OF RETIREMENT
IN AMERICA. Ithaca:
Cornell University Press.
2001 “The Passions of Maturity: Morality and Creativity in Later
Cross-Cultural Gerontology Vol. 16, No. 1: 41-55.
2002 “Creating the Right Rite of Passage,” Generations: The Journal
The American Society on Aging
Vol. 26, No. 2: 80-82.
2003 “Aging and Poetry: An Invitation,” Newsletter of the Association
Gerontology Vol. 24, No. 1: 1-2.
2004 “The Volunteer and the Sannyasin: Archetypes of Retirement in America
International Journal of Aging and Human Development
Vol. 59, No. 1: 25-41.
2005 “Learning the Lessons of A Holocaust,” Newsletter of the
for Anthropology and
Gerontology Vol. 26, No. 1: 9-10.
2006 “First Impressions and Last Words: Condensing Elderly Lives
into Three Line
Haiku,” Anthropology and
Aging Quarterly Vol. 27, No. 4: 5-8.
2006 “The Quest for Legacy in Later Life,” Journal of
4, No. 4: 75-90.
2007 “Lighting The Match: Using Haiku to Teach About Aging,”
Geriatrics Education Vol. 27, No. 4: 55-68.