UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Faculty and Academic Staff Development

Sabbatical

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/uw-policies/uw-system-administrative-policies/the-faculty-sabbatical-program/).

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.

Criteria


In December 2012, the education committee of the Board of Regents identified several emphases to be addressed by sabbatical projects, including:

  • 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
  • Interdisciplinary activities
  • Collaborative program activities
  • International education
  • Application of technology to instruction and distance education

(https://www.wisconsin.edu/uw-policies/uw-system-administrative-policies/the-faculty-sabbatical-program/sabbatical-guidelines/

Sabbatical Types


Two types of sabbatical leaves are available to faculty members:

  •  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.
  • 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:

  • The faculty member is tenured at the time of application.
  • The faculty member has completed at least six years since the conclusion of their last sabbatical leave.
  • The faculty member has completed at least six full years of employment at UWRF as a probationary or tenured faculty member.
  • 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.

 

Conditions


The following conditions govern the faculty sabbatical program:

  • In the administration of faculty sabbaticals, creditable service for retirement purposes will vary, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Review


Sabbaticals are reviewed by the Faculty Professional Development subcommittee of Faculty and Instructional Academic Professional Board.

Sabbatical Ranking Form

Sabbatical Leave Success Rate 2003-04 to current

Procedure

  • Complete application (below). The application has directions as to what to include in your proposal.
  • Name the file as: award name, last name, and first name ie: SABBATICAL - Smith - Will
  • Submit completed application to fasdb@uwrf.edu and include the department chair/supervisor and dean of your college in the email submission.
  • Application is due no later than 4:30 p.m. on due date.

Sabbaticals are effective for the 2019-2020 academic year

Application Due Date

 

Contact Us

Faculty and Academic Staff Development
fasdb@uwrf.edu
715-425-0629
M-F, 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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