Sabbatical leave is governed by Article 33 of the UA CBA for represented faculty, and UO policy II.03.05 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. Information regarding the sabbatical leave policy can be found on the Office of the Provost website.
Only the provost or designee can approve applications for sabbatical leave.
Faculty with questions regarding sabbatical leave should contact their department or unit head.
If you want to know whether you are eligible for sabbatical leave, you may contact HR Operations at email@example.com for an evaluation.
Both tenure-track faculty (TTF) and non-tenure-track faculty (NTTF) appointed at .5 FTE or more with the requisite rank, and duration of 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.
Faculty members should check with their specific school or college for deadlines and processes related to sabbatical applications.
The below documents may be of assistance in planning sabbatical. They are for planning purposes only and should not be submitted to HR.
- Sabbatical Travel Approval Request Form (Do not submit to HR)
- Preliminary Sabbatical Application (Used for planning purposes. Do not submit to HR) (Microsoft Word)
Sabbatical Application and Deadline
Faculty members should submit the sabbatical packet containing the application along with the supporting documents to their unit head for approval by the deadline set by their school or college. The unit head will then submit the packet to the dean’s office.
The deadline for deans' offices to submit sabbatical leave requests to Office of Human Resources is the last work day in February. Sabbatical leave requests will not be processed without dean's approval and signature. Sabbatical applications that do not meet all criteria may be denied.
- Sabbatical Application with original signatures
- Current curriculum vitae
- A statement which includes a description of the applicant's plans for the proposed sabbatical leave period and the purpose of the proposed leave, which may include research, writing, advanced study, travel undertaken for observation, and study of conditions in our own or in other countries affecting your field or related scholarly or professional activities. The statement should also include a description of (a) current teaching, (b) scholarship, research and creative activity, (c) service, and (d) other professionally relevant activities.
Routing in sequential order:
- Department head for approval
- Dean/Director for approval
- HR for verification of eligibility
- Office of the Provost for approval
- Human Resources for distribution
- Original to faculty member's academic file (HR)
- Copy to dean/director
- Copy to department
- Copy to faculty member
Departments are responsible for preparing separate paperwork to adjust pay for an approved sabbatical leave. Complete a Payroll Request Form (PRF) and route through your dean/director's office to Human Resources (HR). HR will review and send the PRF to payroll. Use account code 10123 (sabbatical leave). To verify that the employee on sabbatical is paid correctly, the department should check HRIS (PWIVERI) for correct FTE and pay.
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.
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 of service.