Post-Promotion Sabbatical


All faculty in the first or second year following a successful promotion decision will be eligible for a post-promotion sabbatical, without application to FR&D. Eligible faculty may request a leave of one-half a full year's teaching load (12 shs) at full salary or for a leave of a full academic year (24 shs) at half-salary. The sum total of teaching hours plus reassigned time for departmental duties, such as chair responsibilities, plus 12 shs of sabbatical leave, will not exceed 24 shs for the recipient of a sabbatical leave in the academic year of that leave.

Following a successful promotion decision and prior to the start of the next academic year, faculty must submit a one-page scholarly/creative activity sabbatical plan to their dean and the Senior Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs. The plan should articulate what they intend to do, how it connects to their ongoing scholarly/creative activity agenda, a timeline of their proposed work, and intended concrete outcomes of the work. Faculty should work closely with their department chair in planning the timing of their sabbatical, so that both departmental and faculty development needs can best be met.

For sabbaticals awarded through FR&D, a minimum of five years of service to the University must elapse after a sabbatical leave has been taken before a teaching faculty member may apply for another sabbatical leave (in the Fall of the sixth year for a sabbatical in the seventh year). This rule is waived for post-promotion sabbaticals.

Faculty submitting a file for promotion may, if eligible, apply for an FR&D sabbatical in the same year. However, if granted promotion, they will be awarded only the post-promotion sabbatical, as faculty are prohibited from using the post-promotion sabbatical or post-probationary faculty development support reassigned times to create back-to-back sabbaticals.

Following a post-promotion sabbatical, faculty must complete at least five years of continuous service to the University in full-time status before being eligible to apply through FR&D for a sabbatical (in the Fall of the sixth year for a sabbatical in the seventh year).

For the period of the sabbatical, the recipient is released from obligations to attend department, faculty, and committee meetings. The recipient's advising load can be temporarily redistributed.

All fringe benefits will continue through the period of the sabbatical leave.

A member of the faculty who is within two years of retirement will normally not be considered to be eligible for a sabbatical leave.

A recipient of a sabbatical leave is expected to return to Elon University for at least one year. Recipients who fail to complete one year of full-time service at Elon University immediately following their sabbatical leave will be required to repay the monies advanced them by the University during their sabbatical unless the University terminates their employment.

By September 15th of the year following the sabbatical, the faculty member is expected to submit a report to their dean and the Senior Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs. The report should include the following:
  • The research or development objectives accomplished during the period of the sabbatical award
  • The refinements or changes, if any, to the original research or development plan
  • A description of how the sabbatical project has influenced the teaching, mentoring, or future scholarship activities of the recipient

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