The purpose of professional leave with pay is to increase the scholarship and professional development of members of the faculty and thereby enhance their capacity for service to the University. Leave of this type from academic duties is a privilege granted normally to those of professorial rank to afford them the opportunity for study, investigation, and research.
The authority to grant leave rests with the Regents of the University upon recommendation by the President. The responsibility for reviewing the merits of the applications and the administrative feasibility of the leave shall be determined by the department chairpersons, deans, and the President in accordance with procedures established by the President.
The University will provide salary support, up to the maximum provided in Subsection D, for the period of the leave as follows:
If the applicant secures outside grant support, which is designated for salary purposes, such funds may be applied to increase the faculty member's remuneration for the period of the leave to full salary, and thereafter to reduce the University contribution. Except as provided in Subsection E, the combined remuneration of a person while on professional leave shall not exceed the individual's regularly established full salary.
BR, January 1966; Executive Order No. 33 of the President, June 1, 1972; revised December 10, 1975; November 23, 1977; March 20, 1980
Who is Eligible?
A faculty member is eligible for a professional leave in their seventh year of service to the University or in the seventh year after return from a previous professional leave. Assistant Professors are not eligible for paid professional leave until they have been reviewed and approved for tenure/promotion.
Applications for professional leave of absence should be submitted nine months in advance of the date of the proposed leave. Please check with your Dean/Chancellor's office for the specific due date in your area. Leaves are awarded to coincide with the normal academic quarter dates:
Before the Leave
The following documentation is required of the applicant:
Upon receipt of an application for professional leave, the Chair/Director prepares either a statement of recommendation approving the leave and stating the merits of the applicant's program, his/her ability to accomplish it successfully, and the benefits which will accrue to the University as a result of the proposed leave; or a statement disapproving the leave and stating the reasons for disapproval. The Chair/Director forwards the application and a copy of the recommendation to the Dean/Chancellor who in turn makes a recommendation to the President for administrative action. The Paid Professional Leave Application form and recommendations should be sent to AHR.
Details of financial supplement from the University will be worked out by the applicant's Chair/Director in accordance with the formula for professional leave support.
Once the action has been approved by the Board of Regents the faculty member will receive a letter from the Provost acknowledging the dates of the leave.
Travel Expenses While on Leave
Faculty who request funds for travel expenses while on paid professional leave must obtain permission from the Chair/Director and/or Dean/Chancellor. Travel approval is managed at the local level; faculty should coordinate their travel plans with the Chair/Director or Dean/Chancellor and retain appropriate approval documentation.
After the Leave
A summary of the leave activities should be emailed to the Provost at email@example.com upon return from leave and it should include:
A faculty member must return to the University and work for the University for the period of one year following completion of the professional leave. Failure to comply with this agreement shall constitute an obligation on the faculty member's part to repay the University any remuneration from the University during the period of the leave.