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Sabbatical Leave


Sabbatical leave may be granted to a faculty member for the purpose of research, writing or other activity calculated to contribute to professional development and the usefulness of the faculty member to the University.


Any person holding faculty rank of Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor is eligible for sabbatical leave after the completion of at least six years of full-time employment at Shepherd University.  After completing a sabbatical leave, a faculty member shall not again be eligible until the seventh subsequent year.

Conditions Governing the Granting of Sabbatical Leave

The awarding of sabbatical leave is not automatic but is contingent upon the merits of the request, availability of funds and the instructional needs of the University.


A faculty member on sabbatical leave shall receive full salary for no more than one half of the contract period or half salary for no more than the full contract period.

Procedures and Selection Process

Any eligible faculty member may apply for a sabbatical leave by submitting a written proposal to the Professional Development Committee using a Sabbatical Leave Request, Summary Sheet.  Acceptable proposals will be those for substantial research, writing, continuing education, or other activities or professional growth and development for the faculty member, which will also be of benefit to the University.  Such proposals must include in detail the statement of purpose, objectives or goals, rationale with explanation of how leave would assist you professionally, program design and activities, timetable, supporting documents and a letter from the faculty member’s Department Chair/School Director, or, if the applicant is a Department Chair/School Director, a letter from the faculty member’s College Dean or, if the applicant is a College Dean, a letter from the Provost/VPAA supporting or not supporting the proposal.

To apply for a sabbatical leave for a particular academic year, a faculty member must submit a proposal by November 15 of the preceding academic year.  Exceptions to these deadlines may be granted by the Committee only in rare circumstances.

The Professional Development Committee will consider all eligible applications for three one-half academic year sabbaticals at full pay, and three full academic year sabbaticals at one-half pay for the academic year. Each sabbatical applicant should clearly note in his/her application which type of sabbatical he/she is applying for. The Committee, in writing, will forward its sabbatical recommendations to the Provost/VPAA.   Taking the recommendation of the Committee into consideration, the Provost/VPAA will review all of the proposals recommended by the Committee and make a recommendation to the President. Within three weeks of the deadline for submitting applications, the President shall receive from the Committee and the Provost/VPAA, their recommendations.

Obligations of the Faculty Member

An applicant for a sabbatical leave shall submit in writing a detailed plan of activity, which he or she proposes to follow.

In accepting a sabbatical leave, a faculty member shall sign a statement indicating that he or she is aware of and agrees to all conditions of the leave as specified herein.

While on sabbatical leave, a faculty member may not accept remunerative employment without the written consent of the President.  Fellowships, grants, assistantships, and similar stipends shall not be considered remunerative employment.

Upon completion of a sabbatical leave, a faculty member shall file with the chair of the “Professional Development Committee,” the Provost/VPAA, and the President a written report of scholarly activities while on leave.

A faculty member is obligated to return for a full year of service upon completion of the leave.  Failure to return will obligate the faculty member to fully reimburse the institution for salary received during the period of the leave.

Obligations of the University

A faculty member’s position, status, and rank shall not be adversely affected solely by his or her absence.