Sabbatical

Sabbatical leaves provide opportunities for study, research, creative effort, teaching innovation, and related travel, all to enhance the quality of the recipient's service to the university. As you consider 2018-19 sabbaticals, please note that the College encourages and accepts applications for teaching-related projects. Applicants proposing teaching-related projects are still expected to seek external funding for their plans. 

Please submit two (2) copies of the application packet to the Associate Dean of Faculty. Keep one (1) copy for the department.  The deadline for applications is Friday, September 29, 2017.   APPLICATION FORM

Please note that a complete application packet for a sabbatical consists of 1) a completed application form and 2) a letter of support from your department chair that

  1.  comments briefly on the merits of the proposed sabbatical research or project
  2.  addresses the effects of a leave on the department's curriculum and the resources needed to manage it
  3.  addresses the effects of a leave on graduate student supervision and mentoring
  4.  states how the application ranks relative to others submitted from the department.

Applications for sabbatical leave may be submitted for:

  1. Two semesters at sixty-seven percent salary after six years of continuous eligible service
  2. One semester at full salary after six years of continuous eligible service
  3. One semester at fifty percent salary after three years of continuous eligible service (“mini-sabbatical”).

One semester leaves may be for either a fall or spring semester.  Full-year leaves may begin in fall or in spring.

College Support for Sabbatical Research Programs 

The college has established a recurring fund to support the research efforts of faculty members on sabbatical. All Associate Professors in fields with limited external funding opportunities may receive up to $5,000 in research support for their first sabbatical, contingent on available funds.  Other faculty members, upon notification that their sabbatical applications for the 2018-19 academic year have been accepted, may apply for funds in support of their sabbatical research programs.  Awards may not exceed $3,000 and usually average $2,500. Eligible faculty members must provide a brief budget and description of how they intend to use the requested funds via email or memo to Prof. Betty Lorch, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs (ASResearch@email.uky.edu, 257-1375).  All funds must be used for the direct support of the sabbatical research project and cannot be used to support research activities that are routinely supported through departmental funds (e.g. travel to conferences).  All funds allocated in support of 2018-19 sabbaticals must be spent during the 2019 fiscal year (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019). 

General Criteria for Evaluating Requests for Sabbatical Leaves 

Proposals for sabbatical leave will be evaluated by the Dean's Office.  In the case of substantial joint appointments, both department chairs, and, if necessary, both deans, should receive the application.  Evaluation of sabbatical applications will focus on the quality and potential of the proposal and on the past productivity and achievements of the applicant.  Proposals will be evaluated against the criteria listed below. Faculty should consider these criteria when developing proposals and preparing applications. In addition, the College, when considering multiple sabbatical applications from a given department, will use the capacity of the department to cover its teaching, administrative, and service responsibilities as an additional criterion of evaluation.

  1. General criteria: Scholarly, creative or innovative merit of the activities proposed. Value of the project, including its originality and potential contribution to scholarship or teaching. Adequacy and feasibility of the project in relation to the length of the sabbatical requested. Clarity and completeness of the proposal.  Project's potential for contributing to the faculty member's professional development.  Potential for the dissemination and/or application of  anticipated achievements through publications, grant proposals, presentations, or curricular and instructional activities. Likelihood that the project will contribute to the betterment of the University and to the implementation of departmental, collegiate, and University strategic plans.
  2. In evaluating proposals for research, the following additional criteria apply: Scholarly or creative productivity of the applicant. Quality and quantity of professional products, in relation to field and years of academic service. Substantive evidence of scholarly results or progress since the last sabbatical.  Consistency of professional productivity, in relation to years of academic service. Quality and quantity of work supported by previous UK sabbatical awards.
  3. In evaluating proposals for teaching-related activities, the College will recognize the following additional criteria: Creativity and originality of project. Track record as educator or as pedagogical researcher. Past innovative projects. Clear assessment and dissemination plans.  Projects and scholarship since the last sabbatical. Quality (and, if applicable, quantity) of work supported by previous UK sabbatical awards. Departmental support for any proposed curriculum development. Relationship between proposed project and courses currently or formerly taught.
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