SCF shares with other colleges the responsibility of maintaining academic leadership and excellence through the scholarly, and creative activities of faculty members. The mission of our college is to investigate, expand, preserve, and share the knowledge that supports student learning and development.
“The purpose of the Sabbatical Leave program at State College of Florida, Manatee – Sarasota (SCF) is to encourage and sponsor the continued professional growth of the SCF teaching faculty.” HR#2.30.02 Sabbatical Policy.
The State Board of Education Regulation 6H14-2.30 authorizes the activities of the Staff and Program Development Committee.
Application for an SCF Sabbatical Leave may be made by any teaching faculty who has completed at least two (2) years on continuing contract and who has not received a Sabbatical Leave with pay within the previous five (5) years.
To allow for both long-range commitments and the consideration for new applications, Sabbatical, the granting of sabbatical must ultimately be determined by the needs and the resources of the college. No more than one (1) Sabbatical Leave per department may be taken during a semester. SCF considers Sabbatical leave a privilege rather than a right.
Types of eligible projects
The Sabbatical Selection Committee recommends leaves using fair, consistent, and objective
determinations based on the following activities:
* Continuing or pursuing a degree at an accredited institution including course work and thesis writing and research;
* Updating professional skills through participating in training or in-service education programs;
* Pursuing non-degree related course work including explanations of how professional skills will be updated;
* Formal academic research, which would produce results worthy of publication that includes pedagogical studies and
research of an academic nature;
* Structured professional pursuits not involving formal academic course work including, but is not limited to, writing with
intent to publish, artistic endeavors, and technical projects; and
* Personal growth or self-enrichment activities with a demonstrable benefit to the college.
Applicants must apply either one (1) or two (2) years in advance of the President’s approval date (January 15) of proposed Sabbatical Leave. Applications may be for either one (1) or two (2) semesters. If two (2), they must be consecutive.
SCF’s “ Sabbatical Request Form”is required for all applications. See Sabbatical Policy. The time guidelines are stated on the form and must be followed. Attach a narrative
(not to exceed two pages) to this form explaining:
* the purpose of the leave including concise statement of objectives;
* the expected benefit to the college;
* the expected benefit to you;
* the tangible product that will be produced as a result of your leave; and
* the activities to be pursued.
Include your contributions to SCF and/or the community other than your primary duties at the college and
any other relevant information.
Provide specific documentation supporting the narrative (e.g., grant award, research
affiliation acknowledgment, publisher's communication of interest, evidence that a
specific formal program will be offered etc. Within three (3) months prior to taking
Sabbatical Leave the applicant must submit evidence of acceptance into the program
or course(s), if applicable.
Describe how your college obligations will be met during your absence, including methods to neutralize impact on scheduling and meet student needs. It is the responsibility of the applicant to consult with the appropriate SCF office to determine what effects the Sabbatical Leave will have on benefits and faculty commitments. Check the “HRS Sabbatical Leave checklist” prior to your application. Sabbatical Policy
**Time spent on sabbatical does not count toward an individual’s eligibility requirements in the Professorial Ranking System.
Application/ Submission Schedule
mid-September..............Call for Proposals
October 10th ..................Submit application to Immediate Supervisor
October 21st ..................Immediate Supervisor submits to Provost as applicable
October 31st...................The Executive Director of Human Resources must receive all applications no later than 4:00 p.m.
**The Sabbatical Selection Committee Chair will acknowledge receipt of all proposals within five (5) working days of receipt.
November 30th ..............Proposals submitted to the Vice President
December 15th ..............Recommendations submitted to the President
Sabbatical Selection Committee
The Sabbatical Selection Committee shall consist of six (6) voting members with two (2) teaching faculty from each of the three (3) divisions. All committee members must be on continuing contract. Each division will elect one Committee member during annual committee selections. Representatives shall serve on the Committee in rotating terms of two (2) years each. No academic department shall have more than one (1) Committee member. The Executive Director of Human Resources will serve as a non-voting Chair. Committee members will be ineligible to apply for a Sabbatical Leave during their term of service.
Sabbatical Selection Committee Criteria
Each year the Sabbatical Selection Committee may recommend up to six (6) Sabbatical Leaves: two (2) Sabbatical Leaves to be taken one (1) academic year in the future and four (4) Sabbatical Leaves to be taken two (2) academic years in the future. In addition, the Committee may recommend first and second alternative candidates for the second year.
Committee recommendations are based solely on the content of the Sabbatical Request Form and supporting documentation. Interviews with the applicants or the applicants' colleagues or supervisors are not permitted. All applications will be treated in a confidential manner and discussions of the applications,
The Committee shall use the following criteria, appropriately weighing each criterion
in the order listed below.
* The benefit to the College
* The benefit to the individual
* The recommendations and comments from the applicant’s supervisors.
* The thoroughness, clarity, and professionalism of the proposal.
If applications are considered equal, years of service at SCF and time since last Sabbatical Leave shall determine final weight.
Two thirds (2/3) of the Committee four (4) voting members) must be present to constitute a quorum. All decisions shall be made by majority vote and committee members may not abstain from voting. The Committee Chair must be present. . The Chair shall appoint a Committee member to take minutes of the proceedings, which will be retained, for future reference.
The Chair will maintain the “working copies” and provide duplicates of all applications to committee members. Each copy will be stamped “working copy” and shall contain the name of the Committee member who will be casting a vote. After the Committee takes final action the Chair will ensure that all "working copies" are destroyed.
The Chair will maintain a log of Committee action, file the log of approved Sabbatical Leave requests and final reports in each of the campus libraries, and forward the Sabbatical Selection Committee’s final recommendations of all applications to the appropriate Vice President no later than November 30th. Additionally, the Chair will ensure that recommendations are made and forwarded to the College President and Vice Presidents for presentation to the Board of Trustees no later than the scheduled February meeting.
The President or his/her designee shall notify successful candidates. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified of the reasons for denial.
These guidelines shall be under continual review of the Sabbatical Selection Committee.
Within four (4) weeks of returning to regular contract status after completing a Sabbatical Leave, the recipient shall provide the Committee with a comprehensive written report with any relevant documentation describing how the goals of the Sabbatical Leave were met. The report shall become a part of the file of approved leaves maintained in the libraries. Failure to provide a written report may result in the recipient repaying the leave monies, including salary and benefits, to the College.
The Committee shall review and evaluate the report in an effort to determine the extent to which recipient made a serious effort to fulfill the goals of the Sabbatical Leave as described in the application. Recipients are expected to demonstrate seriousness of purpose and effort. If, in the judgment of the Committee, this standard is not satisfied, the Committee shall recommend that the recipient be required to repay the leave monies, including salary and benefits, to the College.
Recipients of Sabbatical Leaves shall agree to return to the College immediately upon completion of the sabbatical leave and serve for a period of one (1) year from the date of the completion for a one semester Sabbatical Leave and two (2) years from the date of the completion of a two (2) semester Sabbatical Leave. Completion of the one-year or two-year period shall completely repay the sabbatical.