UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Research and Creative Activity

 Sabbatical Leave

The purpose of the Faculty Sabbatical program is to enable recipients to be engaged in intensive study in order to become more effective teachers and scholars and to enhance their service to the University (https://www.wisconsin.edu/personnelsystems/download/development_documents/ops/bn/UPS-OP-BN-10-Faculty-Sabbatical-Leave.pdf). The Sabbatical program should also be understood as recognition of past and continuing academic contributions of the recipients in keeping with the Select Mission of UWRF.

In December 2012, the education committee of the Board of Regents identified several emphases to be addressed by sabbatical projects, including (https://www.wisconsin.edu/program-planning/download/acps_documents/Sabbatical%20Guidlines%202014-16.pdf):

  • Projects in support of the mission of the institution
  • The scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Interdisciplinary activities
  • Collaborative program activities
  • International education
  • Application of technology to instruction and distance education
  • The teaching and learning of any of the five UW System Shared Learning Goals, including the Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) initiative, the development of curricula and assessable objectives for student achievement:
    • Support of the mission of the institution
    • Scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL)data_1
    • Interdisciplinary activities
    • Collaborative program activities
    • International education
    • Application of technology to instruction and distance education

Sabbatical Proposal Information

Types

Two types of sabbatical leaves are available to faculty members:

  1. A faculty member may take a sabbatical leave for an academic year and receive from the institution financial support at any level up to 65% of his/her full compensation for that period.
  2. A faculty member may take a sabbatical leave for one semester of the academic year and receive from the institution financial support at any level up to a maximum of his/her full compensation for that period.

Eligibility

At the time the sabbatical proposal is submitted, the faculty member must have met the following criteria:

  1. The faculty member is tenured at the time of application.
  2. The faculty member has completed at least six years since the conclusion of their last sabbatical leave.
  3. The faculty member has completed at leas six full years of employment at UWRF as a probationary or tenured faculty member.
  4. If the faculty member has taken a leave of absence, for whatever reason, the leave period shall be excluded in determining the faculty member's years of full-time service.

A sabbatical will NOT be awarded to a faculty member who does not plan to return to UWRF for at least one academic year of service after the completion of the sabbatical.

Proposal Requirements

Please complete the attached Applicant Information form and include an attachment of your CV.

Conditions

The following conditions govern the faculty sabbatical program:

  1. In the administration of faculty sabbaticals, creditable service for retirement purposes will very, depending on the length of the sabbatical and level of compensation. A faculty member considering a sabbatical leave request should consult with the institutional fringe benefit coordinator prior to submitting a formal request.
  2. A faculty member may receive supplementary grants or other awards while on sabbatical leave, but such compensation, when combined with the amount of institutional compensation, shall not exceed the full compensation normally received from the UW System for that period.
  3. Such additional grants or awards may be received by a faculty member only if the conditions for accepting the additional resources do not interfere with the stated purpose of a faculty member's sabbatical program.
  4. A faculty member may seek additional grants specifically for travel or unusual living expenses incident to the sabbatical program without restriction by the full-compensation maximum (see condition 2).
  5. A faculty member may not use the sabbatical period to accept other paid employment during the period of the leave, unless stipulated as a condition of the leave. If so stipulated, condition 2 is operative.
  6. A faculty member must specify all grants or other awards applied for or to be received during the leave in his/her application for the sabbatical program.
  7. A faculty member must agree to return to UWRF for at least one academic year of service after the termination of the sabbatical or repay any compensation (salary plus the University's share of fringe benefits)received from the UW System during the sabbatical.
  8. A faculty member must submit a written report outlining his/her accomplishments during the leave to the Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. this report should be submitted within three months after the faculty member's return to full-time employment.

Sabbaticals are effective for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Application Due: September 28, 2015

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Applications must be submitted in electronic format after the necessary signatures are obtained.  A scanned copy must be attached to an e-mail and sent to fasdb@uwrf.edu by 4:30 p.m. on the due date.  The e-mail subject line must include the grant title and last name of the applicant (example: Sabbatical-Fischer). Applications that are not submitted following these directions will not be considered. 


 Faculty Research Grant

Criteria

  • Any grant request shall not exceed but is welcome up to $1,500. Should the entire project cost in excess of $1,500, the proposal must clearly indicate which portion of the project the grant will support.
  • Proposal requests may include funds to cover supplies and equipment connected to the project, conference travel, production/publications costs, student assistant funds, and faculty salaries. (Note: in the past, proposals which ask mainly for faculty salaries have not fared well.)
  • Any proposed research or grant project that involves human or animal subjects must be reviewed and certified by either the "human Subjects Review Board" or the "Animal Care Committee" prior to the collection of data.
  • A faculty member may submit only one proposal for consideration in any year.
  • Faculty receiving a grant must present the results of their projects, either through a poster displayed during UWRF's Research and Scholarly Activity Day or a final report submitted to the Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The poster or report must be presented the following academic year.
  • Proposals that fall into a category of funding for which other resources are readily available (e.g., undergraduate teaching improvement or lab modernization) will not be given funding priority.
  • Proposals are welcome from all colleges and disciplines coving any area of research or professional endeavor, including research about teaching or pedagogical methods.
  • Proposals to cover research cots associated with completion of an advanced or terminal degree will not be considered.

Procedure

  • Please remember that your audience consists of your colleagues from other departments; they may not understand the jargon of your field. Consequently you should write as if you are addressing educated laypersons from a field other than your own.
  • Complete the application as instructed. Listed in the application is further detailed information.

Monies must be used between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. 

Application Due: January 25, 2016 

**NOTE: This form does not properly display in all web browsers.  Right mouse click on the link and choose "save link as". Choose to download the form to your desktop. Next, visit your desktop and open the PDF from that location.

Applications must be submitted in electronic format after the necessary signatures are obtained.  A scanned copy must be attached to an e-mail and sent to fasdb@uwrf.edu by 4:30 p.m. on the due date.  The e-mail subject line must include the grant title and last name of the applicant (example FacultyResearch-Fischer). Applications that are not submitted following these directions will not be considered.  

Contact Us

Faculty and Academic Staff Development 
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