Sabbatical Leave


Funds are allocated annually to support faculty leaves of absence for purposes of professional growth which will enhance an individual's effectiveness as a teaching scholar. Faculty may elect a half-year's leave with full salary or a full-year's leave with half salary. Benefits will be continued but may be adjusted as mandated by law or policy, (e.g., social security taxes and retirement annuity which are based on actual earnings.)


Sabbatical leaves, as the name implies, may be granted for tenured faculty once in every seven-year period of full time employment. To be eligible for a sabbatical leave, a faculty member must hold tenure at the time the sabbatical is granted and must have completed six years of full time teaching at the University of Puget Sound since joining the faculty or since the completion of the academic year in which the last sabbatical leave occurred. One semester of leave fully supported through competitive external funding or through competitive internal grants or fellowships may be included in the calculation of semesters of teaching for purposes of sabbatical application. Time spent on leave without pay or on sick leave for any extended period will not normally be credited toward the service requirement. Units allocated to administrative duties or units of released time granted through recognized University programs are considered a normal part of a faculty members full time responsibilities within the expectation of full time teaching. If a faculty member does not apply for a sabbatical leave when first eligible, the faculty member retains eligibility but does not accumulate service toward an additional sabbatical at a later point.


Application for a sabbatical leave is made to the dean of the university via the department chair. Forms for this purpose are available in the Office of the Dean and on the web at The application should include the following: (1) a signed application form; (2) the semester(s) in which the leave is to be taken; (3) a detailed outline of the professional activity to be undertaken, specifying precisely the expected outcome; and (4) a clear statement of the place this leave activity will fill in the faculty member's long-term professional growth. Limit the length of your application to five pages. In transmitting the leave request, the chair will (1) recommend approval or disapproval; (2) assess professionally the value of the proposed activity to the faculty member, the department, and the University; and (3) state what replacement will be necessary. Applications are awarded on the basis of the needs of the department or the University and the value of the applicant's proposed project.


Applications must be submitted to the associate dean by October 13 of the year preceding that in which the sabbatical leave is to be taken.


Upon completion of your sabbatical fellowship, please submit a written report that outlines in sufficient detail what was accomplished during this leave and what benefits likely will accrue to the department or university from the leave. The report should be submitted to the department chair to provide the chair an opportunity to view the report before forwarding it. The chair will forward the report to the associate dean, who will then deliver it to the dean of the university.

Special Conditions

A faculty member receiving a sabbatical leave agrees to return to the university for at least one year following the leave or to reimburse the university for all funds received.

A professional leave funded in whole or in part by the university is designed to provide the time necessary for the individual faculty member to pursue intellectual growth and development within her/his field. Consequently, such a leave is not to be used for other employment.