Because we are a community of teacher-scholars, it is important that we begin incremental steps to get back on track with the growth and development of the faculty.  In addition to those already approved sabbaticals, an additional small number of sabbaticals will be supported for next academic year, Fall 2021/Winter 2022.

We are implementing a one-time, temporary sabbatical process to be held during the Winter 2021 semester only. Applications for this process will be considered from newly tenured faculty, in order to allow them to launch long-term scholarship programs.  Specifically, this temporary sabbatical process is being prioritized for only those faculty who were eligible for their first sabbatical in 2019, 2020, and 2021. All other faculty who are eligible to apply for a 2022-2023 sabbatical may do so during the regular review process.

The Office of the Provost will contact regular faculty who are eligible to apply.

Winter 2021 Semester – Temporary Timeline

February 1: Sabbatical Leave Proposals due – submitted thru the sabbatical website
February 26: Unit recommendations due
March 26: University Sabbatical Review Committee recommendations due
April 9: College/Library Dean recommendations due
April 30: Provost decisions due


Sabbatical leaves are a focused time for scholarship or creative exploration in the faculty member's field and are to be of mutual benefit to the applicant and the university. Sabbatical leaves are intended primarily to encourage and promote the professional growth of faculty and to enhance their teaching and scholarly effectiveness; thus, the University makes every effort to provide the necessary resources for sabbatical leaves. Since sabbatical leaves are creative and scholarly endeavors for which there is salaried support, the faculty member in turn is required to demonstrate in the sabbatical proposal evidence of thoughtful planning and the potential for a successful sabbatical outcome.

Please Note:

If you plan to submit a sabbatical proposal, download the sabbatical template available under the Proposal Information tab.

If you have questions about sabbatical process, contact the Office of the Provost at (616) 331-2400.

If you have questions about sabbatical content, contact the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence at (616) 331-2281.



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