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One quarter to one year release from regular duties, to provide an opportunity for tenured faculty members to grow professionally over an extended and uninterrupted period. Sabbatical leaves are available to faculty members after six years of full-time equivalent service as regular faculty, and no more than once every six years. Compensation is affected by the length of the sabbatical leave. There is a competitive application process for sabbatical leaves.
Find it in your Faculty Handbook Section 2.17.4 SABBATICAL LEAVES
Sabbatical leaves are intended to enhance the academic quality of the University by providing the faculty member with an opportunity for professional growth over an extended and uninterrupted period. Such opportunities allow the faculty member to engage in full-time scholarly research, specialized study related to one's field, writing, participation in programs designed to improve teaching, or other scholarly activities.
The number of sabbatical leaves granted for any one academic year will be based on the academic feasibility of releasing the faculty member for the period requested and by the funds available for granting such leaves.
The Faculty Development Committee determines criteria and establishes procedures upon which it bases its decisions. Criteria include:
A regular faculty member whose appointment is for two semesters per year may receive one semester of sabbatical leave at full salary for that term or two semesters leave at two-thirds of full annual appointment salary.
A regular faculty member whose appointment is for three quarters per year may receive one quarter of sabbatical leave at full salary for that quarter, two quarters leave at three-fourths salary for each of those quarters, or three quarters leave at two-thirds of full annual appointment salary.
A regular faculty member may apply when eligible for sabbatical using the following procedure:
Accepting a sabbatical leave imposes certain obligations on the recipient and on the University as described herein.
A faculty member on sabbatical leave may accept fees without special approval for a few lectures or a few days consulting. No substantial work for remuneration should be undertaken without prior approval of the Dean and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. However, a faculty member may accept a fellowship or grant provided the acceptance of such a stipend does not impose upon the recipient duties and obligations that would be incompatible with the purpose for which the sabbatical leave was granted.
A faculty member accepting a sabbatical leave agrees to remain in the service of the University for at least one year following completion of the sabbatical leave or to refund the full salary and institutional costs of fringe benefits received while on leave. If a faculty member returns, but fails to perform the full year return-to-service obligation, then his/her repayment obligation shall be prorated. Any repayment obligation shall be due in full, one calendar year after the end of the leave period or any subsequent, successive leave periods. A faculty member who cannot perform the return-to-service obligations due to death or permanent or total disability, shall be released of all repayment obligations.
Upon return from sabbatical leave, faculty members will be granted salary increases that were given during their leave. They shall maintain tenure, insurance, and all other accrued benefits. The leave time will be counted toward time in rank for purposes of promotion.