Sabbatical Leave

The sabbatical leave program makes it possible for members of the tenured teaching faculty to take the time from normal academic duties to engage in activities appropriately construed as serving the faculty member’s development. The College recognizes that the long-term value of a sabbatical leave program outweighs any short-term disadvantages to students, instructional programs, and purposes of the College. 

A tenured faculty member is eligible for sabbatical leave after six (6) years of full-time service to the College with academic rank. Eligibility for additional sabbatical leaves will occur after six (6) years of full-time service following the return of the faculty member from the previous sabbatical.

Tenured faculty holding full-time administrative appointments are not eligible for faculty sabbatical leaves.

Tenured faculty who have part-time teaching appointments will accrue sabbatical leave eligibility on a pro-rated, full-time equivalent basis. The sabbatical leave entitles a faculty member to full salary for one (1) semester or one-half salary for a full-year leave. The sabbatical leave also provides faculty members with the opportunity to continue their participation in all the benefit programs of the College. Participation in TIAA-CREF will be based on the actual salary paid during the sabbatical leave.


Formal request for sabbatical leave must be made in writing to the faculty member’s Department Chair no later than November 1 for sabbatical leave to be granted the following academic year. The proposal should contain the following in a letter not to exceed two (2), single-spaced pages.

The proposal should:

  • State clearly the nature of the activity to be undertaken during the tenure of the sabbatical;
  • Include evidence to suggest the feasibility of completing the activity; for example, the proposal should briefly address potential problems and anticipated needs;
  • The proposal should explain how the activity will enhance the individual’s development as a faculty member. 

The Faculty Affairs Committee reviews the proposal and advises the Provost of the merit of its content. Copies of successful proposals are available from the Office of the Provost.

The Department Chair consults with all full-time faculty in the department in determining recommendations for sabbatical leave. The written recommendation should be submitted to the Provost by November 15, and should include a copy of the candidate’s proposal. In the letter the Department Chair will indicate how the Department proposes to meet the needs created by the faculty member’s absence and the cost of the sabbatical leave to the department in terms of replacement salary. Ordinarily other faculty members’ teaching loads should not be increased to accommodate sabbatical leaves. 

The Provost, together with the President, will review the request, the Department Chair’s evaluation, and the review of the Faculty Affairs Committee. The judgment concerning the granting of the request will be based on the merits of the proposed activity and budget considerations. The President informs the applicant of the decision in writing by December 15.


A faculty member may request approval of proposed sabbatical leave activities as early as two (2) years prior to the expected leave. Reasons for early application would include such things as additional time to search for supplementary funds, arrangement for a visiting professorship, the need to effect special arrangements for research. 

If the conditions that led to the request for early approval of the sabbatical are met, that is, if the grant is received, the visiting professorship arranged, the special arrangements effected, etc., the sabbatical leave will be granted as requested and approved. If, however, the special conditions are not met, the candidate must reapply.


The faculty member assumes the obligation of presenting a written report on the sabbatical leave activities to the Provost and the department. This report is to be filed within six (6) months of the end of the leave.

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