Sabbatical Leave

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This section of the Faculty Handbook discusses sabbatical leave privileges for UAB faculty members.
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SABBATICAL LEAVE

4.4 Sabbatical Leave
4.4.1 Eligibility
4.4.2 Plan of Activities During Sabbatical Leave
4.4.3 Approval of Sabbatical Leave
4.4.4 Accrual of Vacation and Sick Time While on Sabbatical Leave
4.4.5 Upon Conclusion of Sabbatical Leave


4.4 Sabbatical Leave

Members of the tenure-earning or tenured faculty may apply for sabbatical leave.

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4.4.1 Eligibility

For each six academic years of full-time service, as defined by the faculty member’s department and school of primary appointment, a member of the tenure-earning or tenured faculty is eligible to apply for paid sabbatical leave for a period of one-half such year at full pay or one such year at half pay. Sabbatical leave credits may not be accumulated (for example, leave will not be granted for one year at full pay after twelve years of full-time service). Sabbaticals are not awarded automatically after six years service, but are awarded on the basis of individual merit.

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4.4.2 Plan of Activities During Sabbatical Leave

Applicants will be required to submit a plan of activities for the period of leave to consist of professional development, a program of investigation, creative writing or artistry, and the like. Sabbatical leave may be spent on campus or off campus, depending on the type of activity to be undertaken. A faculty member shall not be expected to carry on committee assignments or special administrative functions during a period of leave.

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4.4.3 Approval of Sabbatical Leave

Sabbatical leave applications for any part of the school year should be submitted at least six months, and preferably one year, in advance of the start of the leave. Applications are to be submitted to the Department Chair or directly to the appropriate Dean or Library Director in the absence of departmental organization. Sabbatical leaves are subject to approval by the appropriate Dean(s) or Library Director(s), Provost, and the President. Each unit reserves the right to establish specific guidelines for approval of sabbatical leave.  The teaching needs of the unit will be considered.  It may be necessary to make special readjustments in sabbatical leave dates when leave is requested by more than one person in a department for the same period of time due to teaching, scholarship, and service obligations of the department.

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4.4.4 Accrual of Vacation and Sick Time While on Sabbatical Leave

Full-time twelve-month faculty members, while on sabbatical leave, accrue vacation and sick time at the regular rate if on one-half year sabbatical leave at full pay and at one-half the regular rate if on a one-year sabbatical leave at half pay. Full-time nine-month faculty while on sabbatical leave accrue sick time at the regular rate.

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4.4.5 Upon Conclusion of Sabbatical Leave

Recipients of paid sabbatical leave are expected to return to the full-time service of UAB for at least one academic year and must submit a concise report of the activities during the sabbatical to the Dean or Library Director and Department Chair.

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