Preparing for Sabbatical: An ORPFD Workshop. Bill Strom, Faculty Development Bob Burkinshaw, Dean, FHSS Carolyn Kristjansson, MA TESOL Paul Rowe, Political Studies & International Studies, MAIH. Welcome!.
Bill Strom, Faculty Development
Bob Burkinshaw, Dean, FHSS
Carolyn Kristjansson, MA TESOL
Paul Rowe, Political Studies & International Studies, MAIH
Today’s goal: to review sabbatical policies, learn how to write a good sabbatical proposal, and to hear testimonies of the joys and challenges afforded by different types of sabbaticals, in order to prepare you for sabbatical.
3. Application deadline: September 15 in year before proposed leave; Provost office will notify of success or not by December 1st. (This year due Sept. 17)
4. Leave Period: One or two semesters. Two-semester sabbaticals must be consecutive semesters.
5. Compensation: You may choose between:
a) full-salary for 1 semester
b) 2/3rds salary for 2 semesters (both based on current year of salary)
Please avoid other paid work and (competing) grant activity which hinder the purpose for which the sabbatical is granted.Benefit contributions and government deductions continue in full regardless of your pay.
6. Post-leave Responsibilities: 1) one full academic year (or refund University all compensation), 2) submit a report of sabbatical activity to Provost office.
7. Equivalency & revision: Your sabbatical counts as regular service to TWU in future salary and promotion criteria.
8. Special Provisions: You may apply for a semester leave at 2/3rds pay (in year 4); you may apply for a ½ time sabbatical for one year at full pay.
Rowe (Spring 2012)
Strom (Spring 2013)
2. A description of related activities that you plan to undertake (readings related to your discipline or to spiritual growth; consultation with other scholars; attendance at academic conferences; etc.).
3. An indication of how your sabbatical plans will benefit the university and its program development.
4. An indication of how your sabbatical plans will contribute to the development and attainment of the mission of the university.
Including an unrealistic amount of planned scholarly work.
Including an unfocused "scattering" of undertakings.
Including insufficient planned scholarly work.
Failure to showing how ones research to date has prepared one for the project(s) proposed.
Failure to show how essential courses and administrative responsibilities will be covered
Failure to address contributions to university and its mission.
Failure to explain how you expect to attain your objectives if you failed to so in the past.
Writing an incoherent or inarticulate proposal at 2AM on September 17 .
Carolyn took a year sabbatical (May – August (15 months), and discovered the longer span allowed her to rest, reflect, and write in a balanced, unrushed way. She lived locally, wrote from home, travelled extensively to four conferences, edited a major book project, and had opportunity for holiday time with her family which a regular teaching schedule does not afford. The singular challenge was the reduction in pay that did not allow for more family travel or relocation. She would take a year sabbatical again as it afforded time to approach projects in season and rejuvenated her spirit.
Paul proposed an robust travel and research sabbatical plan only to see international politics close several doors. However one of his four initiatives (to visit India for research and networking purposes) came through, and in fact led to many serendipitous opportunities for ministry and speaking that he could not have predicted. In the end he was able to back-fill his sabbatical with projects he already had in the works (but were not proposed on his application), and so sabbatical worked well to close of those initiatives and begin new ones in South Asia. He imagined a year-long sabbatical would be ideal, but the finances would be challenging.