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Guides & Policies
AHSS Mini-Sabbatical Guidelines
The mini-sabbatical in our divisions provides one quarter release from teaching with full pay. Its timing is typically in the third or fourth year of a new appointment, or in the third or fourth year between regular sabbaticals. Its primary purpose is to provide time away from teaching to allow for research, scholarship, and creative activity. Unlike faculty on University sabbaticals, those with mini-sabbaticals are expected to remain active members of their departments and to fulfill all on-going service commitments.
Untenured faculty, who occupy tenure lines, may apply for a mini-sabbatical to be granted during their third or fourth year at the University, or earlier in the case of faculty who, when hired, were awarded time toward their tenure and promotion reviews. These mini-sabbaticals must involve research, scholarship, or creative activities that can be anticipated to result in publications, performances, or creative works necessary to attain tenure.
Tenured faculty may apply for a mini-sabbatical to be granted in the third or fourth year following a University sabbatical. These mini-sabbaticals must involve research, scholarship, or creative activities that can be anticipated to result in publications or performances necessary to attain promotion and/or to further scholarly/creative professional development.
Non-tenure line faculty (e.g. lecturers) may apply for a mini-sabbatical to be granted during their seventh year of continuous full-time service at the University and during the seventh year of continuous full-time service since their last mini-sabbatical. These mini-sabbaticals must involve research, scholarship, or creative activities that further their scholarly/creative professional development.
Mini-sabbatical proposals must present a clear sense of purpose and must include a statement from the applicant's chair supporting the proposal, as well as a current curriculum vitae.
Mini-sabbaticals must be understood as a release from teaching only. All other faculty obligations (department meetings, advising, etc.) remain intact.
At the end of the mini-sabbatical, the faculty member must submit a 1-2 page report, attached to the original application, detailing the work accomplished during the quarter released from teaching. Failure to do so will result in denial of further eligibility. Reports are depending on which quarter the mini-sabbatical was taken per the below stated deadlines (the deadlines are the same for each year):
Due Dates and Timeline for 2014 - 2015 (applications submitted for AY 15-16):
November 1, 2014 -- Faculty submit mini-sabbatical applications to their chair/director
December 1, 2014-- Chairs and directors submit mini-sabbatical applications and recommendations to the Dean's Office
Submit to Therese Marrugo (1-4460), Sturm Hall 457 at front desk, PLEASE SEND FOLLOW-UP E-MAIL TO THERESE CONFIRMING RECEIPT firstname.lastname@example.org
Mid-January 2015 -- Elected Faculty Committee (EFC) makes recommendations to Dean
February 1, 2015 -- Dean finalizes mini-sabbatical decisions
Early February (target date) -- Faculty notified by Dean's Office