Sabbatical Leave

The president and the University's two sabbatical leave committees (one for AAUP members and one for AFSCME members) encourage applications from eligible candidates for sabbatical leave. Eligibility is determined by length of service to the University (not less than six years; tenure is required) and length of time since the last sabbatical leave (at least six years). Article 12.6 of the AAUP contract and Article 24.8 of the AFSCME/SUOAF contract provide further information about contractual requirements, eligibility, and compensation.

As explained in the collective bargaining agreements, sabbaticals are awarded on the basis of merit and for the benefit of the Connecticut State University. Although seniority is not a consideration for AFSCME members, the AAUP contract specifies that when proposals are deemed by the Sabbatical Leave Committee to be of equal merit, preference is given to faculty with the longest service since the last sabbatical.

During recent years, the Board of Trustees, upon the President's recommendation, has approved many different kinds of sabbatical leave projects designed to enhance the professional development and expertise of faculty. These include projects intended to result in significant creative contributions to the discipline, pedagogical applications in both higher education and the public schools, applied research, residencies and fellowships at other institutions, and in business and industry, and post-doctoral and other advanced graduate study intended to enhance the faculty member's teaching and other professional responsibilities.

Because applications are judged on the basis of merit, it is important for you to submit a detailed and complete proposal, including a current c.v. or resume. Although there is a standard form which has been in use for many years (and which is included with this memo), successful applicants have typically provided a more detailed application package which addresses the topics in the outline below. Complete information assists your department's sabbatical committee, your dean or supervisor, the Sabbatical Leave Committee, and the vice president to evaluate fairly the merits of your proposal for recommendation to the President.

Note the following deadlines which will vary slightly from year-to-year:

Early April President sends request for applications to faculty. Request will contain exact deadline dates and required cover and approval pages.

Late September Faculty member submits proposal Sabbatical Leave Request to department chair/supervisor for review by Department Sabbatical Committee/supervisor.

Mid-October Department chair/supervisor forwards proposal to academic dean/appropriate administrator.

Late October Academic dean/administrator forwards proposal to appropriate Vice President.

Early November Review by Sabbatical Leave Committee (AFSCME or AAUP) begins.

Mid-December Committees' recommendations due to President.

Mid-January President recommends sabbatical leaves to the CSU System Board of Trustees.

Recommended Sabbatical Leave Application Package

Submit the following to your department chair or supervisor:

1. A 100 to 150-word proposal abstract (required for inclusion in President's recommendations to the CSU System Board of Trustees).

2. A sabbatical leave proposal which, using the form provided or as a separate attachment to the form, includes the following information:

Explains your purpose and objectives.

Describes your existing knowledge and/or work to date related to your project. Include citations to the literature as appropriate.

Describes in some detail your proposed sabbatical activities and/or methodology. Be as specific as possible.

States the potential value of your project to the university, to your professional growth, and to your particular field of study or discipline. Describe expected outcomes including curriculum, reports and publications, and other products as appropriate to your proposal. If you have previously been awarded sabbatical leave(s), describe briefly the outcomes and the relationship, if any, to the current project.

3. Attachments as necessary to evaluate the quality of your proposal (e.g., letters of recommendation, support or invitation; chapter outlines; publisher and professional commitments).

4. A current and complete c.v. or resume.

If you have questions about the sabbatical process or seek advice in preparing your application, please contact your department chair, your dean or supervisor, or the vice president for your area.