After 55 Years, UT Arlington's Allan Saxe is Retiring

Alan Scaia
May 10, 2019 - 11:56 am
Allan Saxe



ARLINGTON (KRLD) - One of the longest-serving professors at the University of Texas at Arlington is retiring with the end of final exams Friday. Allan Saxe has been teaching at UT-Arlington since 1965.

"I've been teaching for 55 years," he says. "For the most part, it's been a tremendous world. As a friend of my joked, where else could you get paid for reading?"

Saxe joined UT-Arlington after graduating from the University of Oklahoma.

"It is a different world. When I first came to Arlington, it was very homogeneous," he says. "Now, it's one of the most diverse communities in America. Huge pockets of different ethnic, racial groups and incomes as well. It's wonderful. And obviously much bigger."

Over the past 55 years, Saxe says he has seen universities, students and professors change.

"I used to joke that higher education was for misfits. I am definitely a misfit, but today, colleges are not for misfits anymore. Everybody has to fit in. They're very professional," he says. "I found out college professors have no sense of humor. None. They do not understand sarcasm. They have no sense of humor. I'm overgeneralizing, but it's true."

Saxe says that professionalism has led to professors becoming more responsive to students, though. He says UT-Arlington is a "remarkable place," saying the school has been wonderful to him, regardless of how higher education has changed.

Saxe says colleges and universities may simply be responding to a more "politically correct society."

"I had professors at OU who said things and did things that, today, you'd be run out of the classroom in five minutes," he says. "But I remember them. They were very memorable people."

Saxe says many of his students feel forced to attend college. He says he is glad school districts are starting to introduce more options to help kids graduate with a skill they could use in the workforce.

"I think colleges and our public schools are much more interested in social justice, in reforming society," Saxe says. "I don't think that's their role. Their role is to educate."

Saxe says he has donated everything he earned during his career. He says he will live on social security in retirement and spend more time volunteering.

"Live your life. That's the main thing. Don't just preach it, live it," Saxe says. "That, to me, is very important to do."