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Last updated on Oct 30, 2023

The purpose of CCA's sabbatical benefit program is to provide faculty with the opportunity to invest in their non-teaching professional practice, such that they may maintain a high level of rigor and engagement with their field of practice to inform their pedagogy and benefit the student experience. During a sabbatical, faculty may take a fully compensated leave from teaching, service, and administrative duties lasting either one semester or one academic year to focus on a professional project of their choosing.

See the Faculty Handbook for more details about sabbaticals.


All tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply for sabbatical consideration. Ranked renewable faculty whose initial regular ranked appointment began prior to academic year 2011-12 are also eligible to apply. Ranked renewable faculty whose initial regular ranked appointments began in academic year 2011-12 or later are not eligible for sabbatical. 

Tenured faculty must undergo promotion review at least every six years in order to be eligible to apply for sabbatical leave. If more than six years have elapsed due to a leave or other unexpected circumstances, the faculty member may not apply for sabbatical until after completing a promotion review on a regular cycle.

Applicants must have a satisfactory teaching and service record as well as creative, research and performance accomplishments.

Period of Leave and Remuneration

Eligible faculty may elect one of the following:

  • After six consecutive semesters of teaching, one semester's leave with full pay based on an average teaching load over a three-year period.
  • After twelve consecutive semesters of teaching, two consecutive semesters' leave with full pay based on an average teaching load over a three-year period.

Restriction in Service & Salary

Full-time faculty may not teach at another institution during a sabbatical leave without prior written approval from the Provost. This restriction does not include scholarships, fellowships, short-term guest artist scholarly positions and grants-in-aid for advanced study.

Required Submission of Plan

Applicants shall submit a plan demonstrating how the proposed sabbatical will be of benefit for them as a teacher, scholar or artist, by the required deadline. The deadline will is usually in late fall of the year prior to the proposed sabbatical.

Sabbatical leaves will be awarded to eligible faculty each year that funds are available upon the acceptance of their sabbatical leave plan. Sabbatical leaves may be made only to the extent permitted by budgetary considerations.

When such considerations limit the sabbaticals available, priority will be based upon seniority, tenure and typical teaching load.

Use of Time While on Sabbatical

The faculty member is expected to pursue studio or professional work, research, study, publication and travel, or other activities from which both the college and the member will benefit.

Obligation to Return

The recipient shall return to the college for at least one academic year following sabbatical leave. If the faculty member does not return, they may be asked to repay the sabbatical stipend.

Obligation to Report on Return

A summary report must be delivered to Academic Affairs for the file of record within three months of return. In addition, faculty members are expected to present their sabbatical activity in an informal lecture series to be organized by the divisional deans in collaboration with their program of locus.

How to View Eligibility in Workday

For instructions on how to view your sabbatical eligibility in Workday, please review this tutorial document.

Application Process

Academic Affairs will notify faculty of their eligibility to apply for sabbatical leave in the subsequent academic year in the fall semester. Applicants submit requested materials via an online submission platform, providd to the candidates in the notification message.

The application consists of a written synopsis of the activities, collaborations, and/or projects the applicant intends to pursue while on sabbatical.