Office for Faculty Advancement

Sabbaticals

 

For detailed information regarding the sabbatical process please contact the Dean's office in your specific college.

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Sabbatical Leave Policy (pdf)

Sabbatical Leave Form (pdf)

Sabbatical Leave and Vacation Leave Credit Memo (pdf)

 

GR X- 11, 12 Sabbatical Leave

The purpose of sabbatical leave is to provide opportunities for study, research, creative effort, improvement of instructional or public service capabilities and methods, and related travel in order that the quality of each recipient's service to the University may be enhanced.


Faculty members who have full-time tenured appointments in the regular, special title, extension, or librarian series with the rank of assistant professor (or librarian III) or higher, are eligible for sabbatical leaves after six (6) years of continuous service in the rank of instructor (or librarian III) or higher at the University, or for sabbatical leaves under a different option after three (3) years of continuous service. All such sabbatical leaves shall be approved by the President or the President's designee.


After six (6) years of continuous eligible service, a tenured faculty member may apply for one (1) year's sabbatical leave (academic year for appointees on academic year, ten-month, or eleven-month assignments) at one-half salary or six (6) months' sabbatical leave (academic semester for appointees on academic year, ten-month, or eleven-month assignments) at full salary. After three (3) years of continuous eligible service, an appointee may apply for six (6) months' sabbatical leave (academic semester for appointees on academic year, ten-month, or eleven-month assignments) at one-half salary. Normally "continuous service" is interrupted by a sabbatical leave; that is, no service prior to a sabbatical leave may be credited toward eligibility for future sabbatical leave. However, in the event that it becomes necessary for an individual to postpone a sabbatical leave at the request of and/or for the benefit of the University or one of its educational units, the period of postponement shall be counted as part of the six (6) years of service necessary for the individual to again become eligible for sabbatical leave. The request for and/or agreement that the sabbatical leave be postponed shall be made in writing by the dean, and be approved by the Provost. The request or agreement shall specify the period of postponement and the reason for it. In no case shall cumulative sabbatical leave be granted for a single period longer than one (1) full year at full salary.


Sabbatical leave shall not be used as a means of augmenting personal income. A recipient may not accept gainful employment during a sabbatical leave (for an individual on an academic year assignment basis, this does not include the period of May 16 through August 15; for an individual on a ten-month or eleven-month assignment basis, this does not include the period of vacation and the one (1) or two (2) months outside the assignment period each fiscal year; for an individual on a twelve-month assignment basis, this does not include the one-month vacation period) except as follows:


A fellowship, grant-in-aid, or government-sponsored exchange lectureship may be accepted for the period of the leave if acceptance shall promote the purpose of the leave and is approved by the President or the President's designee. For those on one-year sabbatical leave, additional salary not to exceed one-half of the regular academic salary may be accepted for (1) work performed during the sabbatical leave on research projects administered by the University with funds from government or private grants or contracts when the terms of the grant or contract authorize the usage of such funds, and when the work to be performed is significantly related to the studies planned for the leave; (2) work on a research grant at another university; (3) research work in a government laboratory; or (4) work as a research professor or associate in another university. Any such arrangements pursuant to this paragraph must be approved by the President or the President's designee.


In neither of the above instances shall a recipient's total income attributable to a sabbatical leave project exceed the individual's regular academic salary. Sabbatical leave shall be granted with the understanding that the recipient, following the sabbatical leave, will continue service at the University for at least one (1) academic year.