Sabbatical Leave Program

The purpose of the CCS sabbatical leave program is to enable a full-time faculty member to pursue scholarly and/or professional creative development with a degree of concentration and freedom not normally possible while teaching a full-time schedule.

Such a program is highly beneficial both to the College and to the individual, for it encourages exploration and productivity which the faculty member brings back to his or her program and to the College at large.


A full-time faculty member applying for sabbatical leave must have at least the rank of Assistant Professor and have completed six (6) years of full-time service at CCS. Leave of absence time is not counted in the total. Faculty members who have had a sabbatical leave become eligible for a new leave six years after the completion of the previous sabbatical. Faculty members who applied for but did not receive a sabbatical may re-apply the following year.

Compensation During Sabbatical

There are two types of sabbatical leaves. The one-semester leave provides for full pay and benefits for one semester and is available for either the fall or winter semester. The two-semester leave provides full benefits with 70% of base pay. Two- semester sabbaticals must be taken in the same academic year. Faculty development funding is not generally available to faculty who have been approved for sabbatical leave.

Procedure/Application and Selection Process

  1. Each year, in consultation with the President, the Provost determines and announces the number of sabbaticals available no later than March 15.
  2. The Provost, in consultation with the Deans and Executive Committee of the Faculty Assembly, appoints a committee to evaluate the applications and make recommendations to the Provost regarding the merits of the application.
  3. A faculty member eligible for sabbatical must file an application to the committee no later than April 15 of the semester preceding the academic year for which he/she is applying. A Department Chair’s recommendation should be included with the application materials, along with a current CV and completed application form.
  4. The application must describe:
    • the project the faculty member will pursue during the sabbatical and the benefit to the faculty member’s professional development
    • how the project is consistent with the academic interests and mission of the College and program
    • how the accomplishments of the sabbatical will promote excellence in the production and/or dissemination of knowledge and what the work product of the leave will be
    • how the project to be undertaken differs from what is typically considered part of the normal workload of the faculty member
  5. The committee will make recommendations to the Provost based on the quality of the proposal, the value of the proposed work to the faculty member and the College, and the number of sabbatical leaves available in a given year.
  6. Notification, pending Board approval of the budget in May, will be made by May 15.
  7. The sabbatical may not be taken in order to teach or work at another institution or business.

Obligations of Sabbatical Recipients

The recipient of a sabbatical leave must:

  1. Make every reasonable effort to fulfill the terms of the College sabbatical.
  2. Return to the College for a minimum of one year following the completion of the sabbatical.
  3. Submit a report on the sabbatical to the Department Chair, appropriate Dean, and Provost within a month after the completion of the sabbatical period.
  4. Ensure that all publications and other materials related to and produced as a result of the sabbatical support include an acknowledgement to the College.

It is common practice to hold an exhibition of work produced by studio faculty during their sabbaticals. However, this is not a guaranteed opportunity and is subject to the availability of either Center Galleries or the Valade Family Gallery. Regardless of whether CCS exhibits studio or non-studio sabbatical work on campus, faculty who have had sabbaticals have a responsibility to share the results of the sabbaticals with the CCS community. They also are encouraged to seek opportunities, both locally and nationally, to display, present, or publish their work.

January 4, 2017

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