Last Revised: December 2008
This program enables academic and administrative faculty to be reassigned to projects that lead to professional advancement in instructional, service, or research areas. The program permits reassignments which may be for one-half year or less at full base salary or more than one-half year up to one full year at two-thirds base salary. The work need not be conducted at UNR. For teaching faculty, a leave at full base salary may not include more than one semester and a leave at two-thirds base salary may not include more than two semesters (not counting summer).
Faculty development leave applications are submitted during the fall semester for leave during the following fiscal year. Leave may not be applied for and taken in the same fiscal year. Once awarded and scheduled, faculty development leave may not be rescheduled or postponed without forfeiting the leave and reapplying the following year. Faculty who have been awarded faculty development leave may request a change in the length of their leave from a full year to a semester or from a semester to a full year, as long as the leave will still occur within the same fiscal year and approval is obtained from their department chair, dean, and the executive vice president & provost. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the executive vice president & provost.
The taking of development leave will not interfere with the continuing employment of an individual, or any other rights or privileges normally associated with appointment to the faculty. Service credit for retiree health insurance will be based on the faculty member's full-time equivalency (FTE) while on sabbatical.
No development leave with pay shall be granted unless the faculty member requesting the leave agrees in writing to continue to employment at the University after the leave for a period not less than one year if the University desires his/her continued service. The faculty member will agree to return to the University in a paid status immediately upon the end of the development leave.
Additional income - for example, grants-in-aid or fellowships - may be accepted during the leave provided the activity for which the income is received contributes to the individual's professional development or his/her future usefulness to the University.
Acknowledgement of development leave assistance shall be given in any publications resulting from work accomplished during the development leave.
A written report concerning development leave activities shall be submitted to the executive vice president & provost and to the faculty member's dean or other appropriate supervisor within three months of return from leave. Upon approval by the Provost's Office, a copy will be forwarded by this office to the institution's Human Resources Office for placement in the faculty member's personnel file.
Specific information regarding eligibility, options, application, etc., is updated annually by the Provost's office in April or May and may be found on the UNR website.
Annual and/or sick leave is accrued while on faculty development leave at the appropriate FTE.
The Professional Development Leave Committee appointed by the Faculty Senate reviews the proposals and makes recommendations to the executive vice president and provost.