FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FOR USE IN PREPARING 2009-2010
PROFESSIONAL LEAVES APPLICATIONS
PREPARED BY THE 2008-2009 PROFESSIONAL LEAVES COMMITTEE
UPS 260.102 and the CBA guide the Committee. We will be concerned with How will my sabbatical leave the quality of the leave project (quality of presentation, feasibility, application be evaluated? scholarly/creative significance, potential for improving the applicant’s
contributions to the University, potential contribution to the intellectual
development of the applicant) and your in-service record (teaching
effectiveness and contributions to student learning, scholarly/creative
activities, professional activity, university and community service, activities of
any previous leaves).
thWhat is the due date to submit Applications must be submitted to Faculty Affairs by October 15.
May I review successful Successful applications are available for review in Faculty Affairs and applications? Records. The applications must be reviewed in Faculty Affairs and may not be
copied or taken from the office.
What are pitfalls to avoid in ; Projects that do not appear do-able within the time proposed, with the
preparing my application? competencies offered, and with the available resources.
; Absence of a clear statement of how the sabbatical will improve your
potential contributions to the University and your department. How does
your project contribute to your faculty activities in teaching,
; Excessive use of jargon. The committee comprises faculty from
departments across the university. Explain your project and its benefits in
terms comprehensible to this general audience whose members do not
necessarily share your expertise.
; Poor writing / sloppy work. These influence the perception of content
quality. It is wise to write the application well in advance of the due date
and then it may be helpful to ask one or more colleagues to review your
application prior to admission. A review by colleagues in other
departments as well as ones from your own department is likely to help
you to bring clarity to those reviewers not familiar to your area of
; Vagueness and incompleteness in either the project description or in-
service record, as outlined on the previous page in the response to the
“How will my sabbatical leave application be evaluated?” question. Make
sure you discuss your teaching effectiveness.
; Too much focus on background information. Not enough detail about
what will actually be done during the proposed sabbatical. Provide
timeline for completion of various phases of project as appropriate.
What is the relative weight The Committee generally gives twice as much weight to the quality of the
between the project and the in-project than the in-service record.
Will I need to provide an Only you can determine the need for these. If included, it/they will constitute appendix and/or bibliography? part of the 10-page limit.
If so, will it/they be included in
the page limit?
What is the difference between Type A are full-salary leaves, lasting one semester for academic year faculty Type A, Type B, and and four months for librarians. Type B are one-half-salary leaves, lasting two
Difference-in-Pay Leaves? semesters for academic year faculty and eight months for librarians. The salary
for a difference-in-pay leave is the difference between the faculty's salary and
the minimum salary of the instructor rank. Difference-in-Pay leaves are not
under the purview of the Professional Leaves Committee; however, faculty
considering a Type B sabbatical leave, particularly senior faculty, should
investigate the possible advantages of applying for a Difference-in-Pay leave.
What are the relevant UPS 260.102 and Article 27 of the Unit 3 CBA provide the timelines,
documents I should review in evaluation criteria, review process, and conditions for granting sabbaticals. For
preparing my application for a Difference-in-Pay leaves, consult UPS 260.104 and Article 28 of the Unit 3
professional leave? CBA. These documents can be accessed through the Faculty Affairs and
Records web page.
How many leaves will be Effective beginning with sabbatical leaves granted for the 2009-2010 AY, all
granted for 2009-2010? applications for one-half salary leaves (Type B) will be approved if they meet
the criteria set forth in CBA provision 27.5-27.8. Additionally, no fewer
than 12% of the total number of campus faculty eligible for a sabbatical this
year shall be granted if a sufficient number of faculty unit employees meet the
conditions of Article 27. There were sixty-two (62) applications for AY 2008-
2009 of which thirty five (35) Type A and five (5) Type B leaves were
Are some types of projects No. All types of proposals that benefit the professional development of the preferred over others? faculty and CSU Fullerton are acceptable.
Is department chair approval No. However, your department chair will provide the Administration with a needed prior to submitting an departmental impact statement which will be considered before the application? Administration makes final approvals.
Is there a higher probability of The committee does not consider this; it looks only at the quality of the project receiving a Type B leave than and the in-service record.
a Type A leave?
What role will the It is difficult for the Committee to speak for the Administration. Certainly, the administration play in Administration will have the opportunity to read the applications separately evaluating the applications? from the Committee. For the 2008-2009 academic year, the Administration
approved 40 of the 62 applications recommended by the Committee and in
2007-08 approved 36 of the 53 applications recommended by the Committee.
May I switch from one type of Switching is possible in exceptional cases and with appropriate administrative leave to another? approval.
Last notification was late January. We expect a comparable date next year. When will I be notified
regarding my leave?
Faculty Affairs and Records