Purpose of Sabbatical Leave
Sabbatical leaves are granted for purposes of research, writing, creative activities, advanced study, travel undertaken for observation and study of conditions of our own or in other countries affecting the applicant’s field or related scholarly or professional activities. (OAR 580-21-200)
Salary received by an academic staff member during a sabbatical shall be calculated as follows:
1) Salary under subsection (1) (a) of this rule shall be a percentage (determined by OAR 580-021-0225 or 580-021-0230) of the academic staff member’s annual rate multiplied by the average FTE at which the academic staff member was appointed during the 6.0 FTE years immediately prior to the sabbatical leave. The president shall have the authority and discretion to interpret special circumstances in this regard. For purposes of this subsection, eligibility years are the 18 academic quarters (excluding Summer Session) or in the case of 12-month faculty, 72 months of continuous employment at half-time or more that result in the academic staff member’s eligibility for sabbatical leave under subsection (1)(a) of this rule.
2) Salary under subsection (1) (b) of this rule shall be a percentage (determined by OAR 580-021–225 or 580-021-0230) of the academic staff member’s annual rate in effect at the time of the sabbatical leave begins.
3) If during this period of sabbatical leave the institution allocates salary increases to its academic staff members, the annual rate of the academic staff member on sabbatical leave will be increased by the appropriate amount effective on the date that the salary increase was granted.
1) Faculty anticipating a sabbatical must first discuss eligibility requirements with the appropriate college dean or Library Director. Based on a positive review of required number of years at appropriate rank, the faculty member may proceed to the next step.
2) The faculty member writes a letter of request to the College Dean or Director detailing the scope of activities and the purpose of the sabbatical. The Dean may consult with the faculty member and may require additional information, documentation or discussion as necessary before proceeding to the next step.
3) All sabbatical letters and requests will be provided to the appropriate peer review committee for review. The committee will provide an assessment rubric of the sabbatical projects as they apply to scholarship, creative activities, teaching, academic citizenship, or service to the region through “research, writing, and/or advanced study.” The committee report shall be forwarded to the College Dean or Library Director.
4) Supported by the committee report, the Dean or Library Director will forward the sabbatical requests with recommendations to the Provost in order of highest to lowest priority.
5) The Provost will assess the requests from the colleges in consultation with the appropriate peer review committee and make a final recommendation to the President.
Sabbatical Leave Reports
A report of the work completed during the sabbatical will be provided to the Dean of the appropriate College at the conclusion of the sabbatical year. The report should contain a copy of the letter requesting sabbatical and a summary of accomplishments aligned to intended goals and objectives.