Sabbatical Leave of Absence

The granting of sabbatical leaves of absence is intended for the mutual benefit of the University and the person granted such a leave. Sabbatical leaves may be granted to faculty members in order to provide a period of creative activity for the purpose of furthering professional competence. The granting of such leave will in no case be automatic, and each request for sabbatical leave will be judged on its own merits.

The University Sabbatical Leave Committee has no due date for a sabbatical leave application. However, Department Chairs, Deans, the Provost, and the President need forewarning so that budgets can be formulated. Sabbatical Leave applications should be in the President's office by March 15.

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Sabbatical Leave Committee

The Sabbatical Leave Committee shall consist of five tenured members of the Academic Faculty appointed by the President of the University. The Committee is to (1) review and make recommendations on applications for sabbatical leave; (2) review reports of and evaluate completed sabbatical leaves; (3) recommend modifications of sabbatical leave procedures.

To view the current list of Sabbatical Leave Committee members, refer to the University Standing Committees list.


A faculty member must prepare a sabbatical leave proposal in order to be considered for a sabbatical leave of absence. Three documents are required:

Sabbatical proposals must include a clear work plan (activities, places, and dates). Also, include letters of support from partnering organizations with your proposal. The original sabbatical leave proposal with signatures and an electronic copy should be sent to the Sabbatical Leave Committee chair prior to the March 15 deadline (for next academic year sabbatical requests).



Faculty member (applicant)

Sends to the their immediate supervisor a written statement of intent to submit a proposal for sabbatical leave. The applicant writes a sabbatical leave proposal which must include a clear work plan (activities, places, and dates), letters of support from partnering organizations, and the Sabbatical Leave Application. The applicant presents the sabbatical leave proposal and the Application to the applicant's department chair or school dean. The applicant sends an electronic copy of the proposal and the original to the Sabbatical Leave Committee.

Department Chair/School Dean

Writes a recommendation, with advice from the faculty as described in the charter of the department or school; forwards the original and an electronic copy of the signed Sabbatical Leave Supervisor Recommendation Form (including the college dean's signature, if applicable), even if the recommendation is negative, to the University Sabbatical Leave Committee chair; sends a copy of the proposal and recommendation for informational purposes to the Provost and, if applicable, to the college dean; sends a copy of the recommendation to the applicant.


University Sabbatical Leave Committee

Reviews the proposal. Suggests modifications to the proposal, if appropriate, and the applicant may submit a modified proposal directly to the Committee. Writes a recommendation to the President on all applications for sabbatical leave. Forwards the proposal with the recommendation to the President.



Reviews the proposal and makes a determination. Notifies each applicant as to whether or not the sabbatical leave has been granted. Sends copies of the notification to the chair or school dean of the applicant, and to the college dean if applicable. Sends the proposal, recommendations, and notification to the Provost for deposition in the academic record file of the applicant.