Sabbatical and Other Leaves

The purpose of a sabbatical leave is to promote research. Sabbatical leaves are usually devoted exclusively to carrying out a research project, but also may consist of a course of study designed to learn new research skills essential for future projects. 

Leave requests are managed by each school. Faculty should request a period of leave in writing through the Chair of their department. If approved, the request will be forwarded to the Dean and the Provost for review and final approval.

Requesting a leave: 
A leave of any type should be discussed first with your department chair or program head and as soon as possible. Faculty members are urged to share information about their proposed research or personal leave plans to facilitate administrative planning for their time away from campus. However, it is understood that in some situations, such as a medical emergency, advanced planning is impossible. 

Assistance and information also can be provided by the designated academic administrators in the School’s dean’s offices listed on the sabbatical leave page. A faculty member, department chairs and program heads may consult as needed with these administrators. In addition, Dr. Sandra Gleason, Director of Faculty Affairs in the Office of the Provost, is available to provide assistance.