Office of the Provost

Faculty Leave for Professional Enhancement

The University provides a leave of absence without pay of up to one year for the purpose of professional enhancement. Special consideration for such leaves will be given to junior faculty members who obtain nationally recognized fellowships or prestigious temporary appointments at places such as other institutions, government, or industry. The leave may be renewed with the appropriate approval.

Upon receipt of notification of the fellowship award or temporary appointment, a written request for a leave of absence without pay should be submitted to the appropriate department chair. The request for a leave of absence must be approved by the Provost, with the endorsement of the faculty member's department chair and dean or campus president.

A leave of absence without pay will not prejudice a faculty member's salary. Depending upon the recommendation of the dean or campus president, when a tenure-stream faculty member is granted a leave of absence, the term of the probationary appointment may be extended and the period of the leave will not be counted as part of the term of probationary period of service.

During the leave, the faculty member may elect to continue medical, life, and disability insurance by continuing payment of the premium for the benefit for the duration of the leave. The University will continue to pay its share of the premiums for any benefit the faculty member decides to continue. Upon return from the leave, it is the responsibility of the faculty member to reactivate participation, if necessary, by submitting the appropriate forms to the Benefits Section of the Office of Human Resources.

During unpaid leaves of absence, all University contributions toward retirement are suspended. Upon return from the leave, participation will be activated in the same plan, unless the faculty member makes other arrangements, subject to the provisions of the plan.

For additional information, refer to University Policy 02-11-03,  Faculty Leave for Professional Enhancement.