Sabbatical Leave Info

Sabbatical Leave Information

 

GUIDELINES FOR SABBATICAL LEAVE

The deadline for requesting sabbatical leave is November 30th of the year PRIOR to the academic year that the sabbatical will be taken.

Link to Writing the Final Report

Faculty members interested in applying for a sabbatical leave should refer to Article 9-Fringe Benefits - of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement for details concerning eligibility, salary reimbursement, required return (years), etc.  In particular, the Collective Bargaining Agreement states that "a sabbatical leave is granted to a faculty member of the unit only when such leave contributes to the goals of the college and enhances the professional competence of the individual granted the leave.  A sabbatical leave is not considered to be a right which automatically accrues because of prior service.  Rather, it is considered to be a privilege granted to a faculty member.  In order to be considered for a sabbatical leave, a faculty member must make formal application through accepted channels within the college. The currently accepted channel is to submit requests to the VP for Instruction, who will verify eligibility of applicants and then forward requests to PIRT with any appropriate comments.

Faculty applying for a sabbatical should do so with the understanding that choosing appropriate recipients is a complex process.  Besides the criteria explained below, there are other issues that impact the committee's decision, including the number of applicants, the amount of money in the sabbatical account, the cost of each sabbatical in salary and benefits, and the number of quarters requested by each individual. 

Each proposal for sabbatical leave should include:

1.     A Description of Proposed Activities which contains: 

 A.    An explanation of how the outcome of the sabbatical will add to the individual's professional growth and will benefit the department and the students.

B.     An explanation of how the outcome of the sabbatical will support the Board Vision and Goals.

C.     An explanation of how the sabbatical project is rigorous and goes above and beyond that which is normally expected of faculty in their usual efforts to keep current in their primary assignment.

D.    A description of how the learning experience will be documented and shared with the larger college community upon completion of the sabbatical project. (Typically, this might be a posting in  Blackboard.)

E.     An explanation of how the plan puts in place the appropriate means and resources to complete the   proposed project in the time frame requested.  (Typically this may include correspondence with proposed employers, instructors or collaborators, and/or official descriptions of workshops, programs, or courses.)

F.      An indication that the applicant clearly has the background and ability to complete the project.

 2.   Identification of Outside Funding

Note:  Should outside funding sources be part of the proposal, those sources should be indicated and must be identified in final report.  Per contract:  "If a faculty member is to receive salary or other reimbursement for an activity which is presented for sabbatical funding, a budget for the sabbatical should be submitted which includes the salary or reimbursement.  In no case should the total of the salary reimbursement and the College funds exceed the total cost of the planned activity, plus the faculty member's prorated salary for the sabbatical period."

3.    Department Support

Attach a letter of support from the appropriate Department Chair or Designated Evaluator including a discussion of the value of the proposed activities to the College, the Department, and the individual faculty member's professional goals.  Issues of staffing should also be addressed to assure the committee that the faculty member's absence will not cause undue interruption of service.

Examples of Sabbatical Requests  

Note: Funded sabbatical proposals (and final reports) will be posted in the PIRT Blackboard site as of the 2010-11 academic year.

 SABBATICAL FINAL REPORT

The Final Report explains whether or not and how the original goals of the sabbatical were met.

Copies of The Final Report should be sent to the Vice President of Instruction's Office, and the Designated Evaluator within 30 working days of returning from sabbatical.  The report must include appropriate documentation as promised in the original proposal.  This may include  letters from supervisors or others in a position to comment on the activities, publications, transcripts, wage slips (if activities include paid work), performance or presentation of creative work through demonstration, book, article, bibliography, compact disc, or website after return to campus.

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