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Faculty Onboarding: Applying for sabbatical leave

Each year in September, the School of Health Professions will send out a call for applications from faculty for sabbaticals to be taken the following fiscal year. Application packets are accepted in the Office of the Dean from October 1 to November 10 for consideration by the dean. Once approved, all final documentation is forwarded to the vice chancellor for academic affairs by December 1 of the year prior to the requested sabbatical. 

The application packet should include the following:

  • A proposal from the faculty member to the department chair including a statement of purpose for the requested sabbatical and plan for coverage of duties.

  • Letter of support from department chair to the dean.

  • Letter of support from dean to the vice chancellor of academic affairs.

The statement of purpose and the letter of support from the chair must be received in the Office of the Dean by November 10. Once reviewed and approved, the dean's letter of support will be added to the application and forwarded to the vice chancellor for academic affairs. The Office of Faculty Affairs website contains additional information.

Complete sabbatical leave information may be found in the Handbook for Faculty and Unclassified Staff, with a summarized excerpt below:

  • Sabbatical leave may be granted in "strictly meritorious cases" to faculty members who have continuously served the university for at least six years.

  • The purpose of a sabbatical is to provide a period of research and scholarly activity intended to promote the intellectual growth of the individual and school.

  • Applicants must agree to serve the university or another Regents' institution for no less than one year following the end of the sabbatical period.

  • A report must be provided to the dean within 90 days of the end of the sabbatical period. Funding for the leave must be arranged by the individual or department.

  • Applications are judged on merit.

  • Applicants must document the proposed activities, explain the significance and benefit to the school, and detail how responsibilities will be covered during absences.

  • A letter of support must be provided from the departmental chair documenting how responsibilities will be covered, the arrangements for financial support, and the overall impact and potential benefit of the sabbatical on the department.

  • Applications must be received by the Office of the Dean by the fall deadline.

Contact the associate dean for academic affairs or Jennifer Egger in the Office of Faculty Affairs with any questions.

Last modified: Sep 07, 2018

Fall 2020 Update: For safety purposes, the Office of the Dean is not fully staffed on campus at this time. However, the office generally remains open daily. Please call before visiting.

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