AAUP-CCU is monitoring developments regarding changes in the rules for scholarly reassignments, as they apply to tenured faculty at CCU. It appears that CCU leadership want to have applicants include “a plan to seek external support for scholarly or creative endeavors either prior to or during the period of reassignment leave“.
The question is, how usual is this among universities that are comparable to CCU? We did a little looking into higher education literature to see if we could find anything about external funding being required for scholarly reassignments/sabbaticals at other schools. There didn’t seem to be a lot out there that studied requirements for applying, but this article from 2012 did.
The authors examined the sabbatical application policies at 75 different colleges and universities and of those, they found that only “[t]hree institutions, including two bachelor’s degree granting institutions, required the sabbatical applicant to present proof of external funding prior to receiving a sabbatical. The doctoral institution indicated that the external funding must be research-related, and the bachelor’s degree institutions indicated that the institution provides no salary support during the sabbatical period and that the individual must present proof of alternative salary funding to be approved and to continue participating in institutional sponsored human resource benefits.”
AAUP-CCU will continue to monitor this topic, and speak to faculty who are currently applying for scholarly reassignment for 2022. We will update our membership accordingly.
[Thanks to AAUP-CCU Vice President Allison Faix for this information]