Faculty Life Committee
Sabbatical Application Procedure
"The right to expect a sabbatical leave is a contingent, not an absolute, right. The granting of sabbatical leaves is not, therefore, automatic. In exercising its discretion in deciding whether to grant sabbatical leaves, the College will normally consider, in addition to other factors deemed relevant by the College, the following minimum requirements consistent with the basic intent of the sabbatical leave program:
The faculty member must apply for a sabbatical leave in order to be considered. Application forms may be obtained from the office of the Dean of the College by responding to the email notification of eligibility it sends by April 1. The application is a multi-stage process. On or before June 1 of the academic year preceding submission of an application for a sabbatical leave, the faculty member must notify his/her department chair(s), associate dean(s), and the Dean of the College of his/her intent to apply, including the proposed dates of the leave and a brief description of tentative plans for the sabbatical. A draft of the sabbatical application will be submitted to the chair(s) of the department and the Associate Dean(s) by September 1 in order to allow for a productive discussion of the application with the faculty member. The final application form will be submitted to the department chair(s) by October1, with a request for a recommendation; the chair(s) will then forward the application along with this recommendation to the Dean of the College on or before the Tuesday following Fall Break for a leave to begin during the following academic year. Notification of approval of the sabbatical leave will be sent to the faculty member by the end of the Fall Semester.
The applications for sabbatical leave shall be reviewed by the Sabbatical Leaves Subcommittee of the Faculty Life Committee and the Dean of the College. The Sabbatical Leaves Subcommittee shall consist of members of the Faculty Life Committee who shall be appointed by the chair of that committee; these appointments shall be ratified by said committee. The Sabbatical Leaves Subcommittee shall be broadly representative and composed of tenured members who have had sabbatical leaves. Their recommendations shall be made to the Faculty Life Committee which, in turn, makes recommendations to the Dean of the College. Final approval is the prerogative of the President."
In the Provost's Sabbatical Series, presenters are asked to comment on what they did to plan and prepare for their leaves, and on how they have managed the transition back to the classroom (including ways in which they have integrated their sabbatical work with their teaching). These informational lunches are co-sponsored by the Faculty Life Committee and CILA [the Center for Innovation in the Liberal Arts].