Sabbatical leaves of either one semester with full pay and full benefits or one academic year with half pay and full benefits are available for tenured full-time teaching faculty members. Those applying for sabbatical leave must have completed, by the time of the leave, six years of full-time teaching at the University or six years of full-time teaching after the completion of a previous sabbatical leave. Approval of a sabbatical carries with it relief from the requirement to perform other duties for one semester or for one academic year (depending on the length of the sabbatical term approved). Faculty members granted leave will be obligated to continue employment at the University for at least one year after the leave or to repay the full amount of the sabbatical support received. (Policy statement from the 2018-19 University Faculty Handbook, §3.13.5, Sabbatical Leave.) In the interests of consistency, the application requirements and evaluation procedures provided below apply to all sabbaticals proposals submitted regardless of the college of the faculty member.
Because of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, no sabbatical applications are being accepted at this time.
Details regarding the reestablishment of the sabbatical program will be provided by the Provost at a later date.
The information below is provided in order to preserve details about the nature of a sabbatical proposal and the required final report, submitted when the sabbatical has concluded.
Because of the diversity of sabbatical projects and the activities they propose, there is no standardized format for a sabbatical application. However, faculty members are advised to view the sabbatical proposal as if it were an external grant application. The proposal must carefully describe the sabbatical project the faculty member is proposing for the sabbatical. It is important to emphasize that no one class of projects is presumed to be more worthy of support. (For instance, proposals for a research project are not assumed to be more valuable than projects for pedagogical development.)
Application Review Process
The review process seeks to evaluate all projects fairly and on their merits. Two general criteria guide the evaluation of sabbatical applications: the quality of the proposal, which includes its specificity and its persuasiveness; and the potential significance of the proposed project within its disciplinary or interdisciplinary area. It is crucial that the proposal envision a finished product.
Proposals should always indicate how the project will make a contribution to scholarship or visual and performance traditions, and how the project will enhance the individual’s teaching and/or professional development. In evaluating submitted proposals, the Dean will consider the faculty member’s record of scholarly productivity and of completing projects. The Dean will also consider the time which has passed since the person’s prior leave, if there was one, and seniority. It is crucial that anyone who has received a prior sabbatical leave have on file a report from that leave.
Required Final Report
Following the first full post-sabbatical semester, the faculty member is required to submit a sabbatical report to the Provost at the beginning of the consequent semester (i.e., early September for a preceding fall’s sabbatical, early January for a preceding spring’s or full-year’s sabbatical). There is no standardized format for the report but it should review the proposed sabbatical goals with respect to what was accomplished during the sabbatical period.