Office of Academic Affairs

Sabbatical Leave Policy

A sabbatical leave may be granted for faculty to engage in:

  1. full/part-time study at an accredited college/university. The purpose of this study should be to enhance or improve teaching competence in his/her current area of responsibility and/or in an adjunct area important to the faculty member's functioning within the university;
  2. academic/scientific research;
  3. occupational/professional development experiences to renew or establish credentials in an area directly related or an area tangentially related to a faculty member's functioning within the university;
  4. travel and/or reading and reflection that improves the competence of the faculty member in his/her service to the university;
  5. and, the preparation of creative/technical

An applicant for a sabbatical leave must hold a tenured contract. Faculty in their qualifying year are not eligible to apply. Eligibility for subsequent leaves following the first leave shall be on a six (6) year cycle of regular service.

Sabbatical leaves of absence shall not constitute a break in the continuity of service required for eligibility in various university benefits (fringe benefits, honors, years of service awards, etc.). Therefore, paid leaves of absence shall count towards years of service to the University.

Significant changes in the original sabbatical proposals must filed in advance in writing to the Sabbatical Leave Committee and approved by the VPAA office.

Three sabbatical leaves will be available to be granted on an annual cycle starting in the 1995 fall term. Faculty will have a choice of full salary for one semester or half-salary for two semesters.

A sabbatical leave may be rescinded by the faculty member no later than sixty (60) calendar days prior to the leave but not after a temporary replacement has been hired.

The total compensation for a faculty member on leave from the University shall not be greater than that amount of the contracted salary he/she would receive if not on sabbatical. All fringe benefits will continue to accrue for faculty members on sabbatical leave.

Upon returning to the University, the faculty member shall be permitted to return to his/her academic department with full rights and privileges. The only variance to this policy would be one that had been agreed to by the faculty member and the University prior to the approval of the sabbatical leave.

The purpose of a sabbatical leave is to support faculty who do not have external grants or contracts that provide salary support for scholarly activity. It is understood that faculty members may have funding for travel, research activities, supplies, and other support that is not salary. Therefore, the Sabbatical Leave Committee will give priority to applicants that do not have support for salary. Additionally, the committee will also give special consideration to faculty members with long tenure of service to the University.

Sabbatical leave applications should be submitted to the Vice President for Academic Affairs' Office prior to February 1 of the academic year preceding the request for sabbatical leave. Application forms are to be submitted through the academic dean of the faculty's college and must be signed by the applicant's department chair. The College Dean must approve the request before submitting it to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The VPAA will forward the applications to the Sabbatical Leave Committee (composed of tenured faculty) who will review all proposals and recommend faculty (3 per academic year) for sabbaticals. Each of the deans will appoint one faculty member from his/her college and two will be appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Notices of approval shall be sent to the sabbatical leave applicants as an addendum to their contract.

Application forms and guidelines are available in the VPAA office