Sabbatical leave may be granted by the President of the University to a member of the faculty who holds the rank of Associate Professor or Professor as recognition of excellence in student intellectual development, academic responsibility, and scholarly achievement. This leave is to be used for further professional development, which may involve research, formal study, or other pertinent activity that will enhance, in some way, the competence of the faculty member. The faculty member on this leave may not undertake teaching or other gainful employment without the written permission of the President of the University. A sabbatical leave can be granted to a faculty member who has completed not less than six years of full-time service with the University and who has had at least six years of full-time service since any previous sabbatical leave. The approval of a sabbatical leave is dependent upon budgetary conditions and staffing support of the University. The sabbatical leave is granted on the condition that the faculty member agrees to return to Winthrop University for active service when the leave is ended. Upon the conclusion of the leave, the faculty member shall file a follow-up report with his/her dean and make a formal presentation of the results of the sabbatical in a forum and format appropriate to the nature of the results (formal presentation, exhibit, video, concert, etc.). At the conclusion of the leave, the faculty member is obligated to render service to the University for at least one academic year or to refund the money received in compensation from the University during the leave. Sabbatical leaves may be granted for the full academic year at half the stated salary, for one semester at full salary, or for one semester at half the stated salary. Depending on the nature of the request and the impact on the university, sabbatical leaves may also be granted for a calendar year. The University reserves the right to make adjustments in the compensation awarded during leave.
The candidate for sabbatical leave will make application to the President in writing, by way of the usual administrative channels. The application will be accompanied by a statement of purpose for which the leave is requested, an abstract up to 250 words, a current resume, and any pertinent information that supports the application. If the sabbatical application is approved by the department chair and the dean, they will then attach supporting statements and submit applications and all supporting material to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs by November 1 for the following fall semester or academic year and by March 15 for the following spring semester or calendar year. Sabbatical requests made at other times during the year may be considered depending on circumstances.