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Professional Leave

Professional Leave Information and Application

 "Professional Leave shall be granted by the Board of Trustees for the purpose of providing opportunities for study, research, and creative activities for the enhancement of the University's instructional and research programs. Selection for professional leave will be judged on the merits of each case as it meets the specific scholarship and/or research and service deemed important to the University criteria for selection. The element of rotation shall not be a factor in selection. Professional leave may be taken to pursue projects in the following areas:

(a) Research.

(b) Scholarly and Creative activity, including the scholarship of teaching or librarianship.

(c) Any other area of professional development that complies with the criteria set by the Research, Service and Scholarship Committee ("RSS Committee").

(d) Retraining of tenure and tenure-track faculty facing program reduction or elimination.

(e) Service to the University and/or the external community."

Applications are evaluated by the 2017-2018 Research and Scholarship Committee. Members: Sean Agriss (English); Maggie apRoberts-Warren (Economics); Christina Torres Garcia (McNair); Ron Gentle (Mathematics); Awlad Hossain (Engineering and Design); Yanxin (Fred) Liu (Management); Theresa Martin (Psychology); Miguel Novella (Modern Languages).  The ex-officio, non-voting convener is David May.


Professional Leave Application and Deadlines for 2018-2019

Applications must be submitted by the following deadlines.

  1. From applicants to department chairs by October 31, 2017.

  2. From department chairs to academic deans by November 6, 2017.

  3. From the academic dean to Vice Provost, by November 13, 2017.

For the application and more information, please click on the following application links. 

 Professional Leave Application

The Collective Bargaining Agreement may be viewed at the following link.


Collective Bargaining Agreement



If you have difficulties opening the application, please contact Leslie Swannack at or 509.359.4675.

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