Date: July 1984 (revised)
APPLICATIONS FOR SABBATICAL LEAVE FOR FACULTY
To set forth the procedures that will outline the procedures to be used by
faculty when they are
seeking sabbatical leave.
II. APPLICABLE TO:
Full-time, tenure-track/tenured faculty
1. The applicant should supply a curriculum vita which is
relevant to the sabbatical leave activity
2. Specific arrangements which have been made for the use of
laboratory space, studio space, or
library facilities should be noted.
3. The applicant should be specific about the intended outcome
of the sabbatical leave activity proposed.
If the applicant intends to finish a book, for example, an outline of its contents should be provided.
4. A time frame for accomplishing sabbatical leave goals
should be established. The applicant should
indicate what portion of the research, writing, or other scholarly activity he or she hopes to complete
during stated periods of the sabbatical leave. This is especially important if it is time rather than
special facilities which an applicant requires to complete a project.
5. Supporting materials, including a bibliography relevant to
the activity being proposed and, where
deemed appropriate by the applicant, evaluations of the project, should be appended. The reason for
this request is to provide reviewers with a basis for evaluating the proposal.
Section 20.1 of the University of Rhode Island AAUP Collective Bargaining
Agreement outlines the
criteria and guidelines for sabbatical leave applications. Forms for such applications are available in each
1. The sabbatical leave activity should be one that is judged
by the faculty member's Department Chairman
and Dean to be of value to the University. The activity should be one which makes an important
contribution to the applicant's professional growth and/or to the applicant's field, as well as to the
2. The sabbatical leave activity should be one that could not
normally be pursued or pursued as
expeditiously while the faculty member is engaged with his or her regular academic responsibilities.
The sabbatical leave is intended to provide an interrupted period of time for scholarly enrichment.
3. The location to where the sabbatical leave is to be taken
must serve, and be related to, the purposes of
the leave. The faculty member should comment on the importance of the location where the sabbatical
will be taken.
4. The sabbatical leave activity should be one involving
original scholarship and research or one involving
retraining or updating to meet the goals and needs of the University. In either case, the applicant should
indicate the thinking and preparation which have gone into the particular project being proposed.
5. In the judgment of the Department Chairman and Dean, the
past performance of the applicant and/or
the applicant's potential for effectively using the sabbatical leave should make it likely that the applicant
will successfully complete the proposed project. The Department Chairman and Dean should pay
special attention to the applicant's past performance on sabbatical leaves and/or during periods when
the applicant was supported by summer faculty fellowships or research grants. In cases where past
performance may be lacking, the applicants need and potential for effectively using a sabbatical leave,
as well as the needs of the University, should be considered.
6. The sabbatical leave applicant's proposal must be
sufficiently specific and detailed to demonstrate that
the applicant has a well thought out, viable plan for activity and reasonable assurance that this activity
can be completed within the time period set for the leave.
Sabbatical leave applications (six copies) for the academic year preceding the
leave should be forwarded
to the Dean by September 15.