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University of Massachusetts Amherst

Enhanced Sabbatical Funds

 

Application due date:  Friday, March 7, 2014 at 12:00 noon for sabbaticals scheduled during FY 2015                           

Maximum amount: $5,000

Sabbaticals provide the most concentrated research time available to faculty. Demands on one’s time, however, frequently make it difficult to begin or plan a creative or research project prior to the sabbatical.  They can also affect one’s ability to maintain sabbatical momentum with resumption of a full academic schedule. This program is designed to address these needs by providing support for pre- and post-sabbatical work on a given project. In fact, enhanced sabbatical funding applications should address the time before and after the sabbatical, not just the sabbatical period.

The goal of the enhanced sabbatical program is to ensure that the sabbatical opportunity leads to a project’s completion within a reasonable amount of time. As such, an applicant may request funding to be expended during any of a sabbatical’s three stages (pre-sabbatical, sabbatical, and post-sabbatical), but applications should emphasize how projects will continue forward once teaching and service loads are resumed. Whether or not applicants request funds for all three stages, they must address post-sabbatical plans in their application. In other words, the applicant should describe the writing support, collaboration, etc. that will produce a finished research or creative project.

Pre- and post-sabbatical plans might include travel (e.g., to a specific research site or archive) mentoring or research groups (e.g., setting up or participating in research networks on and off campus, the creation of a writing group); productions and performances (e.g., development funds for a performance or an exhibition; choreography costs), matching funds (e.g., for a grant, artists’ colony residency), and so on. This list is not exhaustive but illustrates the types of funding that may be requested in connection with a sabbatical project. Enhanced sabbatical funds cannot be used as compensation for faculty time or for a course buy-out or release. Requests can be made for up to $5,000.  Faculty members who plan a spring or full year sabbatical should  note that all funds must be expended by the end of the fiscal year in which the sabbatical occurs.

Faculty members who are awarded Enhanced Sabbatical Funds will submit a one-page report summarizing their progress on or before June 30, 2015.

 

Eligibility

Applications will be accepted from faculty members at all ranks who have applied for a sabbatical leave in the 2014-2015 academic year. Assistant Professors being considered for promotion to Associate Professor are encouraged to apply. The award of funds will, however, be weighted in favor of those recently promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. Awards will be finalized when recipients have approval for their sabbatical leave. Disbursement of funds to Assistant Professors will also be contingent upon the award of tenure and promotion by the Board of Trustees at its June meeting.

Faculty members are not permitted to expend Enhanced Sabbatical Funds and Project Funds in the same fiscal year.

 

Application Process

Submit a completed Enhanced Sabbatical cover sheet with a 2–3 page narrative that describes:

      •  your overall sabbatical plan including the steps you’ve taken to prepare for a sabbatical,

      •  your activities and goals during the sabbatical leave and how you plan to complete any unfinished work afterward,

      •  the role and significance of the project to your discipline,

      •  how the funds requested will be used with a detailed budget for the funds expenditure,

      •  other sources of funding you have received for this project and those for which you have already or will apply; and

      •  a clear time-line covering the pre-sabbatical semester through the post-sabbatical year.

 

Criteria for Evaluation

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following ranked criteria and awarded on a competitive basis:

  • •  how clearly the funding is connected to a specific project that will enhance the faculty member’s research profile;
  • •  the quality of the project relative to the discipline's standards outlined in the application; and
  • •  the likelihood that funding will help move a project toward completion.

 

Please send your cover sheet and application to Lynne Latham (5-0378) via e-mail or campus mail (204 South College).

 

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