NHS Sabbatical Leave Workshop October 7, 2008 October 8, 2008 Purpose of Sabbatical Leave • “Sabbatical leaves must be for the manifest, demonstrable benefit of the University in meeting its responsibilities of teaching, scholarly and other professional activities, service and the advancement of knowledge and must contribute to the further development of an individual as a teacher-scholar.” • Board Policy Manual, sections 1-1-309 & 2-3-1001 • University Regulation 3-3-1001 Eligibility for Sabbatical Tenured and tenure-track faculty • In sixth year of full-time service, leave to occur in seventh or subsequent years • Only tenured faculty are eligible, TT must be granted tenure to take leave • New service count begins after completion of sabbatical not eligible for another 6 years • Service count begins on hire date anniversary. One semester service counts as half year • Employment beyond the academic year does not count as service unless contract so specifies • Leave without pay or full-time administrative work do not count toward time-in-service. LWP may count if previously approved by Director and Dean prior to leave Eligibility for Sabbatical Part time tenured faculty • Receive prorated credit toward eligibility that is proportional to FTE assignment - 2 semesters @ 0.5 FTE = 1 semester time in service Term faculty • Ineligible • If converted to tenure tract, must have years of service approved by Director, Dean, and CAO at time of conversion Requirements for Sabbatical • Must not be taken in last year of employment • Can be for entire academic year or either fall or spring semester • May delay approved leave for up to one year with Director/Dean approval • Dean may delay leave date by up to one year • Selection is competitive and is dependent on availability of resources and staffing considerations • http://www.unco.edu/provost/forms/appforleave.pdf Salary During Sabbatical • One Semester Leave Full Pay • Academic Year Leave 60% Academic Year Base Salary • Salary savings revert back to college to pay for replacements if one-year sabbatical. No salary savings for one semester sabbatical • Must repay university by working for one academic year after sabbatical leave or immediately repay university for leave Application Procedure • Submit application to Director in early October. Applications due to Dean by November 12, 2008 • Director will call a meeting of tenured and tenure-track faculty to consider the proposal and vote by secret ballot to approve/disapprove by simple majority • If faculty vote for approval, Director will submit faculty recommendation and Director recommendation to the Dean by November 12, 2008 • Dean will submit School recommendations and Dean’s recommendation to the university chief academic officer • CAO will make final decision and report such decision to the Board of Trusties and to the President • Applicants will be informed of all decisions during the process Board Policy Manual 2-3-1001(4) Supplement to Sabbatical Leave Application • Detail specific goal(s) and plan(s) for achievement • Show the relationship of the activities to be pursued to the individual’s on-campus responsibilities • Specify the effect on the applicant’s professional growth and development of knowledge in the discipline • Show how the activities will influence the student’s educational experience • Show how the activities will enhance the University’s reputation • Detail how leave will impact program staffing, expected cost of leave, and student progression towards degree in applicant’s program Acceptable Sabbatical Proposals • The pursuit of research or study at an institution of higher education or similar entity where improvement of oneself as a teacher-scholar is the focus • The pursuit of research projects within a faculty member’s specialty to advance knowledge, improve the “state of the art,” or to produce material for publication • The acquisition of practical experience within a discipline that will directly enhance the individual’s on- campus responsibilities • The pursuit of special studies or projects for the purpose of expanding institutional-related services beyond the faculty member’s obligations Unacceptable Sabbatical Proposals • Study at a university, the primary purpose of which is to gain a degree in an area or discipline not related to current responsibilities • Travel which is not directly related to on-campus responsibilities. (A significant distinction is made herein between travel to improve oneself as a teacher-scholar and travel in and of itself) • Any sabbatical request within the faculty member’s current obligations to the University. (Examples include rewriting of course materials, course development, and the like) • Activities or research not related to current on- campus responsibilities Proposal Revisions • Must be approved by Director and Dean • Expectation that work will be done as proposed • Final report must match proposed objectives Final Report Expectation • Required written report to Director • Details activities, goals attained, and benefits to university - Must respond directly to approved proposal • Reviewed by Director, Dean, and CAO • Must be submitted within one academic year after completion of sabbatical • Unacceptable reports will result in ineligibility for subsequent sabbaticals - Failure to submit report w/in one year - Failure to pursue sabbatical activities as proposed Accountability • Joint Budget Committee • Education Committee of the Colorado Senate and House of Representatives • Colorado Commission on Higher Education • Colorado Open Records Statute Questions?
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