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Leave Policies

Please also refer to the Faculty Handbook [pdf] (Chapter II, Section D, Leaves of Absence) for a more comprehensive description of leave eligibility and requirements.

Sabbatical Leaves

Sabbatical leaves are opportunities for faculty members on continuing appointments to further their development as teacher-scholars, benefiting both themselves and the College. Therefore, faculty are encouraged to take sabbaticals on a regular basis and should apply for a sabbatical leave only if they are returning to the College after the leave.  Eligibility to apply for a sabbatical leave is a function of rank and of semesters spent in full-time teaching service to the College. 

All eligible faculty, upon completion of six semesters of teaching at the College at the rank of Assistant Professor or above, may apply to take a leave for research or other scholarly activity on one of the following plans:

(a)    Seventh Semester With Subvention for one semester on full semester salary;

(b)    Seventh Semester Without Subvention for one semester on half semester salary.

All eligible faculty, upon completion of twelve semesters of teaching at the College at the rank of Assistant Professor or above, may apply to take a leave for research or other scholarly activity on one of the following plans:

(a)    Seventh Year With Subvention for two semesters on full salary;

(b)    Seventh Year Without Subvention for one semester on full salary or one year on half salary;

(c)    Seventh Semester With Subvention for one semester on full semester salary;

(d)    Seventh Semester Without Subvention for one semester on half semester salary.

Faculty will not be penalized for taking a seventh semester sabbatical later than the seventh semester if such a delayed leave accommodates departmental needs.

Leaves Without Pay

Providing the application is received by the October deadline, leave-without-pay for a semester or a year may be granted to faculty members who have special opportunities for study or research at times when they are not regularly eligible for sabbatical leave.  Leave without pay for a semester or a year may be requested without regard to rank or term of service, but no combination of sabbatical leave and leaves without pay can exceed two years of continuous absence. Such leave periods do not accrue teaching credit toward future sabbaticals. Those granted such leaves are not eligible for Pomona College research or travel grants during the time of the leave without pay; in addition, except under the special circumstances described under Fellowship Leaves, the College will assume no responsibility for a faculty member's benefit payments during a leave without pay. The College's policy on leaves-without-pay for purposes other than professional development (such as medical or family leave) is described in Chapter II, Section E, of this handbook.

General

Sabbatical leaves count toward the date of consideration for tenure and promotion to full professor, but leaves without pay normally delay these considerations. Faculty members are required to be in full-time service at least two continuous full years between any two periods of leave.

Sabbatical Subventions

Faculty members applying for sabbatical subventions and junior faculty applying for Steele sabbatical leaves are required to seek outside support from one external source. Feedback on applications to outside funding agencies can yield helpful advice from colleagues and lead to refinement of the leave project. In the letter requesting sabbatical salary subvention or Steele Leave, faculty should identify the external source(s) to which they have applied or plan to apply to for funding.  The subvention request must be included in the on-line application.  The on-line submission deadline is October 13, 2013. The Associate Dean's office can provide assistance in locating funding sources and making applications.

Academic Dean