4.4 Sabbatical Supplements

Revised Aug. 2009

In the understanding that a full year of sabbatical leave is considerably more valuable to the faculty member than a semester of sabbatical leave, the College has instituted (and will continue as long as resources permit) a program of sabbatical supplements for faculty members who choose two-semester sabbaticals. 

Such supplements are designed to enable faculty members to take a full year of leave. By design the supplement program aims at assuring faculty members of five-sixths of regular income during a year-long sabbatical. Therefore, since faculty members on sabbatical leave will receive one-half of salary for the year of leave, the supplement will equal one-third of salary. To qualify for a supplement, a faculty member who is planning for a sabbatical leave must:

  1. Begin to discuss sabbatical plans with the Provost in the summer of the second year prior to the scheduled sabbatical leave;
  2. In September of the year prior to the year of sabbatical leave, submit the sabbatical plan to the Provost, who will review and endorse proposals on behalf of the Faculty Development Committee, as long as policy and the budget will result in all proposals for sabbatical supplements being awarded. Should it happen that policy or budgetary considerations may result in denials of, or competition for, sabbatical supplements, the Faculty Development Committee will reassume its role of evaluating proposals;
  3. And either:
    1. make serious efforts to seek outside funding for the sabbatical leave, using the information resources of the College to assure that all reasonable opportunities are tried; or
    2. secure agreement from the Provost that the nature of the sabbatical project precludes all reasonable possibility of success in such efforts.

Because many external funding agencies have application deadlines well in advance of the announcement of awards, faculty members should begin their planning and their serious efforts early. The Faculty Development Committee is involved in the process because it is the agent to which the faculty has given the responsibility of overseeing faculty development activities. A faculty member who is successful in efforts to secure external funding must report that success to the Provost.