168.1 Sabbatical Leaves

Created by: Pat Teague on 02/05/1999
Category: 1 - Academic Affairs; 60 - Professional Growth
Originator: Acad. Adm. & Faculty Status Committee
Current File: 168.1
Adoption Date: 09/29/2009
Reviewed for Currency: 09/29/2009
Replaces File: 168.3
Date of Origin: 11/12/1975
Classification: Faculty
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168.1 Sabbatical Leaves


A. Background

Furman supports sabbatical leaves as a means to improve the quality of education to the University . Therefore, sabbaticals are to be designed to contribute to the professional resources and effectiveness of the faculty member and thus to enhance the value of his or her subsequent services to the University.


B. Policy

Any full-time tenured faculty member who has taught at Furman for six (6) consecutive years (See File 165.5,C.5 ) shall be eligible for sabbatical leave during his or her seventh year and remains eligible until a sabbatical is approved and taken. Each six (6) years of teaching subsequent to a sabbatical makes the faculty member eligible for an additional sabbatical. In addition, probationary faculty members (See File 157.4 ) who are in their third year at Furman are eligible to apply for a sabbatical leave. Sabbatical leaves will be approved on the basis of (1) the academic merit of the proposed program, and (2) the availability of University resources to allow the faculty member to be away without jeopardizing the academic program.


C. Guidelines

1. A person eligible for sabbatical leave must make application through the Dean of the Faculty on forms provided by the Research and Professional Growth Committee . The application shall be accompanied by a project outline describing how the leave will be used to contribute to the applicant's professional growth. The application must be approved by the Research and Professional Growth Committee, the Dean of the Faculty, the Provost, and the President. The Research and Professional Growth Committee, with advice from the department, evaluates the academic merit of a sabbatical proposal and makes its recommendation to the Dean of the Faculty. The Dean of the Faculty evaluates the feasibility of sabbatical proposals relative to the staffing needs of the departments. The Dean of the Faculty sends his or her recommendation to the Provost who approves or disapproves the proposal in light of resources allocated to the academic program.

2. In order to help faculty develop a portfolio for tenure, a faculty member in his or her third year of a probationary appointment will have the option of a pre-tenure sabbatical opportunity during the fourth year of the probationary period. Eligibility for the pre-tenure sabbatical assumes three years of full-time teaching at Furman. Probationary faculty may not be on sabbatical during the year of their tenure decision. After taking a pre-tenure sabbatical, a faculty member would be eligible to apply for a second sabbatical after six years of teaching at Furman subsequent to the initial sabbatical. A pre-tenure sabbatical does not alter the timing or the criteria for tenure decision.

3. The eligible member may elect to take a sabbatical leave of one semester at full salary or a full academic year at half salary, provided such a leave can be arranged without detriment to the work of the department. For a faculty member taking a one semester sabbatical leave, the teaching load during the other semester will be one-half of the normal teaching load. A normal teaching load is 20 credits. A one-half load can be balanced across consecutive sabbaticals; i.e. the total amount of teaching during consecutive sabbatical years should equal 20 credits. May Experience credits can be applied to balance teaching load responsibilities across subsequent sabbaticals.

4. A limited number of year-long, fully-funded sabbaticals, dependent on available resources, will be available to eligible faculty and awarded on a competitive basis through application to the Research and Professional Growth Committee and the Dean of the Faculty.

5. While the faculty member is on sabbatical leave, the University continues full payment of benefits.

6. It is presumed that faculty member on sabbatical leave will not be on salary for services in another institution or organization. This restriction does not apply to fellowships or grants-in-aid which, after due allowance for unusual expenses, adjusted costs of living, travel, and the like, do not increase the recipient's total income above his or her contract salary at the University. In unusual situations adjustments may be made by the Provost upon recommendation of the Dean of the Faculty.

7. Acceptance of a sabbatical leave includes an agreement that the faculty member, except under extraordinary circumstances, return to Furman University for at least two (2) years following the sabbatical. If resignation or retirement occurs during the two-year period, the faculty member may be liable for the cost of the sabbatical pro-rated according to the period of time remaining in the two-year obligation. Death, disability, or dismissal for cause of the faculty member removes this liability.

8. In general, the sabbatical leave may be used in any activity serving the purpose of the program and may emphasize research and writing, travel with a definite purpose, or service in the government or business. Use of sabbatical leave for the restoration of health or threatened breakdown may be approved in unusual cases.

9. Teaching courses (which are normally offered by the applicant) in an American college or university does not ordinarily meet the concept of constructive use of the sabbatical, but the Research and Professional Growth Committee may approve such teaching up to one half of a full sabbatical year in those cases judged to promote the academic growth of the faculty member.

10. A written report will be submitted to the Dean of the Faculty and the Research and Professional Growth Committee within three (3) months of the faculty member's return to the University. The form and length of these reports are established by the Research and Professional Growth Committee.

11. The Dean of the Faculty includes an evaluation of the program in the annual report on the faculty to the Board of Trustees.