Sabbatical

Sabbatical leave is governed by Article 33 of the UA CBA for represented faculty, and UO policy for unrepresented faculty. Sabbatical leave is granted to faculty for research, writing, advanced study, travel undertaken for observation and study of conditions in our own or in other countries affecting the applicant’s field, or related scholarly or professional activities. 

Sabbatical leave is granted when it can be shown that the applicant is capable of using this period in a manner which will thereafter increase the applicant’s effectiveness to the university and to the state. 

Only the provost or designee can approve applications for sabbatical leave. 

Faculty with questions regarding sabbatical leave should contact their department or unit head. 

Eligibility for Sabbatical 

Both tenure-track faculty (TTF) and non-tenure-track faculty (NTTF) appointed at .5 FTE or more with the requisite rank, duration of service, and prior service may be considered for a sabbatical leave, provided that they first demonstrate they have satisfied all eligibility requirements. See Article 33 of the UA CBA and UO policy for details. 

Funding-contingent faculty members with an appointment in the instructor, lecturer, librarian, research assistant, or research associate category are ineligible for sabbatical. 

Special Notice Regarding NTTF Sabbatical 

Eligibility to be considered for sabbatical leave requires six years as a career NTTF at the University of Oregon, and only those career NTTF who have been promoted and who have appointments at .5 FTE or greater may apply for a sabbatical (to commence after the sixth year). Previous service as an adjunct, pro tem, or visiting faculty member does not typically count toward eligibility for sabbatical leave. 

In extraordinary circumstances, a promoted career NTTF who was reclassified during the 2013-14 academic year, according to the CBA Memorandum of Understanding “One-time Reclassification of Adjunct Faculty,” may petition the provost (via the dean) to apply time served as an adjunct, pro tem, or visiting faculty member towards the six-year minimum. Consideration of such a petition requires satisfying these criteria: 

  • the NTTF must have had an appointment at the UO of .5 FTE or above for all years of service applied towards sabbatical eligibility; 
  • the NTTF must have had an appointment at the UO in the same position as the current position during the years of service applied towards sabbatical eligibility; 
  • the petition for early sabbatical, e.g. counting years prior to the career NTTF appointment, must justify why the sabbatical is necessary for the year applied (instead of after six years as a career NTTF). 

Petitions will not be considered after academic year 2019-2020, which is six years after the reclassification process in academic year 2013-2014. 

Application  

The sabbatical application and procedure can be found on the Human Resources – Operations website under sabbatical leave instructions. Sabbatical applications that do not meet all criteria may be denied. 

The deadline for deans' offices to submit sabbatical leave requests to Office of Human Resources is the last work day in February. Faculty members should consult their school or college deadlines to submit requests for dean or director and unit head signature. Sabbatical leave requests will not be processed without dean's approval and signature. 

Salary and Benefits 

Salary received by a faculty member during a sabbatical shall be calculated as outlined in Article 33 of the UA CBA and UO policy

To the extent approved in writing by the provost or designee, faculty members on sabbatical leave may supplement their sabbatical salaries to a reasonable degree, provided that such supplementation strictly conforms to the stated and approved purposes of the sabbatical leave. 

For detailed information about salary please see your unit’s payroll specialist. 

Before the beginning of a sabbatical leave, faculty members are strongly urged to contact the benefits office in Human Resources regarding benefits coverage while away from campus. This is particularly important for faculty members planning to travel abroad. 

Post-Sabbatical Obligations 

At the end of the sabbatical leave, a faculty member must submit a report of accomplishment and benefits resulting from the leave. 

Sabbatical reports are due at the end of the term following the faculty member’s return and must be submitted to the unit head, dean or director, and provost (or designee). 

Upon completion of the sabbatical leave, a faculty member is required to return to the university for at least one year’s service.