The purpose of the sabbatical leave program is to free faculty members from their normal University duties, enabling them to pursue their scholarly interests full-time and maintain their professional standing so that they may return to their posts with renewed vigor, perspective, and insight. (University Faculty Handbook, Ch. 3 - Sabbaticals and Other Leaves of Absence )
Accrual and Use
Faculty members accrue sabbatical at 2.5 days per month for full time effort (see the University Handbook for further information), and use sabbatical at 30 days per month at 100% FTE. Faculty may take sabbatical at a reduced FTE, which will cause them to receive salary and to use sabbatical at a similarly reduced rate (for example, "50% sabbatical" = 50% base + variable pay, and uses 15 days per month). However, no matter the rate of pay, faculty are always expected to be completely relieved from all clinical, teaching, and administrative duties while on sabbatical.
Sabbaticals must be at least one month (30 days) in duration and can normally be no longer than one year (360 days) in duration.
The Office of Academic Affairs tracks sabbatical accrual and use for all Professoriate members. Here is a sample of the worksheet used to track sabbatical for each individual.
Applying for Sabbatical
- Discuss with your division chief or department chair.
- If necessary, consult the University Faculty Handbook for policies and information on sabbatical and other leaves.
- Determine how much sabbatical you have accrued (contact your Faculty Affairs Administrator or the Academic Affairs Manager for sabbaticals (see Contact Us).
- At least one month before your proposed sabbatical is to start, fill out:
- the leave request form
- Attachment A (included in the leave request form) signed by your Research Process Manager
- the Faculty Leave Data Security Attestation Form signed by your DFA
- Submit all three to your Faculty Affairs Administrator for your department chair's signature.
Administrative duties, and the corresponding administrative supplement, are automatically discontinued during sabbatical unless an exception to policy is requested by the department. If the exception is granted by the Senior Associate Dean, the department pays the administrative supplement; it may not be charged to the sabbatical account.