Faculty Leaves and Sabbaticals
Academic development leaves allow faculty to devote concentrated time
to studies, investigations, research, scholarly writing, and artistic
projects. Such leaves may also be used for curriculum development and
other improvements in teaching practice.
Standards, eligibility, procedures, and conditions for faculty development
leaves are defined by the Regents
Policy on Employee Development, Education, and Training.
Human Resources Policy on Faculty Development Leaves
Sabbatical leaves provide eligible faculty with the opportunity to devote
one academic year to research and creative activity and receive at least
one half of their normal compensation. The sabbatical stipend may be
supplemented through the University of Minnesota Sabbatical Supplement
Program which can provide up to an additional 30% of the faculty members
base salary, although in recent years, depending on the number of sabbaticants,
the supplement has averaged about half that amount. Faculty may also
pursue other fellowships and research grants to supplement their income,
in keeping with University policies. The campus has limited funds to
assist disciplines in hiring replacement faculty members and so in making
plans faculty members should be aware that their discipline might not
be able to hire a full replacement.
A faculty member is entitled
to a sabbatical leave after six years of academic service,
with review and scheduling at the department/collegiate levels and
approval of the dean.
Download the Faculty
Faculty Sabbatical Supplement Program
The Faculty Sabbatical Supplement Program provides supplemental funds to academic
units to support sabbaticals and development leaves for recommended tenured
faculty. A portion of this central fund is allocated to each college and campus
based on its proportion of the University’s tenured faculty. This program
provides funds to supplement up to the lesser of 30% or $30,000 of the A- or
B-base salary (not including fringe) for faculty who are recommended to receive
this benefit. Salary supplement funds must be matched by 1/3 using college
or campus resources.
Sabbatical supplements are awarded using criteria and procedures established
by each college and coordinate campus. Faculty seeking this supplemental
award should contact the dean, director, or chancellor of their academic
Download the Sabbatical Supplement Program Application Form.
Single Semester Leaves
Single Semester Leaves
provide eligible faculty members with the opportunity to devote one
full semester to research and creative activity at full pay. The campus
is allowed to award a limited number of single semester leaves, normally
four, and competition has become quite stiff. In keeping with University
policies, it is assumed that the faculty member will devote all of the
leave to research and creative activity. The campus receives no additional
funding for this program and so in making plans faculty members should
be aware that their discipline will be unable to hire any replacement
Faculty are eligible for a single semester leave after two academic years of
service (probationary faculty) or after four academic years of service (tenured
Applicable UMM Policy
UMM Single Semester Leave Policy
Complete the online Single
Semester Leave form.