Single-Semester Leave Policy
1. Eligibility. Probationary faculty are eligible for
a single-semester leave after two academic years of
service. Tenured faculty are eligible for a single-semester
leave after four academic years of service. Subsequent
single-semester leaves may be taken after four additional academic
years of service.
2. Approval Process. The review and scheduling
of a single-semester leave is conducted at the division
and collegiate levels and subject to the approval of
3. Allocation. The number of single-semester
leaves and allocation among colleges is determined
by the president. Competition for these leaves takes
place at the division and college levels. Historically
UMM has been approved to offer four leaves.
4. Salary and Benefits. A single-semester leave is
at full salary and benefits.
Return to Service. A single-semester leave shall
be granted and accepted only with the condition that the recipient,
immediately following the leave, return to University
service for a period at least equal to the period of the leave.
A delay may be granted by the dean, with concurrence of the
division chair, for a period without pay not longer than the
period of the leave.
Loss or Suspension of Eligibility. Credit toward
a single-semester leave is lost by any interruption in continuous
service to the University other than an approved
leave of absence. All credit toward eligibility is lost by an
individual given notice of non-reappointment or termination of
appointment. All credit toward eligibility shall be suspended
for an individual when there is strong evidence that the individual's
appointment will be terminated prior to what otherwise would
be the closing date of the period of leave plus the period of
return to service.
Contemporaneous Compensation. The salary
and benefits paid during a single-semester leave are not
to be regarded as additional compensation for services
already rendered but as a contemporaneous compensation
for services rendered by the faculty member in developing
professional knowledge and skill for subsequent service
to students and the University.
Selection Criteria used by Campus Screening
(Criteria revised 6/99)
The campus screening committee will rank the applications
1. Scholarly competence. Are the faculty members "up" in
their fields? Are they breaking new ground? Are they
adding to knowledge in their field? Is the result of the
proposal likely to be a worthwhile contribution to scholarship?
2. Appropriateness to the time and
resources available. Do the faculty members need the time they request? Can they
reasonably be expected to finish what they propose?
3. What sort of track records do the
faculty members have? Have they used other quarter or semester leaves
effectively? Have worthwhile outcomes resulted, such as
publications, creative artistic effort, teaching improvement,
4. Quality of the written application. Is it clearly
presented? Does it tell the screening committee with
some precision just what use of time the applicant will
make? Is the method to be used in the study clear and
5. Benefit to the discipline, to UMM,
to the University at large, or to society. Are the faculty members "re–tooling" so
that they can teach in areas now more in demand? Are they
undertaking projects that will be both beneficial to themselves
and, more importantly, to others? Are they, for a time,
sacrificing their own scholarly advancement in the interest
of the University or of society?
6. Human need and growth. Are the faculty members at
a point in their careers when a leave would be of individual
benefit? For example, would the project result in professional
growth, or a new direction in research, or significant
progress toward tenure?
Administrative Criteria used by the Dean
and Division Chairs:
At least one single-semester leave must be granted to a
probationary faculty member.
At least one single-semester leave must be granted to
a tenured faculty member.
In general, due to the difficulty of staffing in the disciplines
in the face of a single-semester leave, no more that two
awards will be given per division, and no more than one
in any discipline.