Section 14: Professional Development

A. Leaves of Absence

Under special circumstances, faculty members may be granted a leave of absence without pay. Such leaves should be requested in writing by March 1. Requests for a leave without pay are submitted in writing to the Provost through the department chair. A final decision on such leaves is made by the President upon recommendation from the Provost and the Personnel Committee in consultation with the department chair. If a leave without pay is granted, the department should normally be permitted to hire an unranked or extraordinary faculty member.

Such leaves must be mutually agreed to and shall ordinarily not be granted for longer than one year, although the College may grant an extended full-time or part-time leave without pay. Any leave beyond two years constitutes forfeiture of tenure and relieves the College of any obligation to hold the position for the individual on leave.

Time on such leave will not count toward tenure or promotion in rank and is not credited toward time in service for sabbatical leave unless the individual and the College so agree in writing prior to the beginning of the leave. However, faculty members will not forfeit their rank as a result of being on a leave without pay.

While an individual is on leave without pay, the College does not provide fringe benefits. Faculty members may continue their fringe benefits, however, by paying them personally through the College. Arrangements regarding salary increments should be negotiated in advance of the agreement for such a leave.

B. Summer Grants

Funds are available for grants to the faculty to assist them with expenses of research during the summer months. The grants are made by the President on recommendation from the Provost and the Faculty Personnel's Development Council. Under exceptional circumstances, small grants may be made for advanced degree work. In general, however, they are intended specifically for postdoctoral projects focused on scholarly research. Publication of results is not necessarily required, but a report on the use of the funds granted must be submitted to the Provost by October 1 following the grant. Application for these grants should be made to the Provost no later than February 15. The Charlton H. Lyons Summer Research Award of $2,500 for a summer and ensuing academic year is also available. (Revised November, 2001.)

C. Faculty Travel

The College encourages attendance and presentation of research at professional meetings as a vital means of keeping abreast of developments in the academic disciplines and provides funds, within the limits of its resources, to assist members of the faculty to meet reasonable expenses of travel to meetings. Such funds are administered through the academic divisions. Faculty members should make application to the divisional chair who recommends disbursements in accordance with college and division policies. Some additional funds for specific purposes (e.g. conferences at which a faculty member presents a paper or serves as an officer of a professional association) are available on application to the Provost.

D. Research and Exchange Opportunities

The College is a member of the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS), together with the University of the South and the University of Richmond; Birmingham-Southern, Centre, Hendrix, Millsaps, Morehouse, Rhodes, Rollins, Spelman Colleges; Furman, Southwestern, Trinity, and Washington and Lee Universities. Through this consortium, the College participates in a number of cooperative enterprises, including the Oak Ridge Semester, British Studies at Oxford, and cooperative workshops for faculty and overseas opportunities for students and faculty. Through these and other arrangements, faculty members may engage in research and teaching projects with members of these other faculties. Centenary faculty have the opportunity to participate in the exchange program with the University of Aarhus, Denmark and the Aarhus School of Business. Centenary College is also a member of the Consortium of Louisiana Universities and Colleges of CODOFIL (Council for the Development of French in Louisiana.) That consortium sponsors academic-year and summer-study programs at Paul Valery University in Montpellier, France. The College has developed a new agreement with the University of Lille in France, and additional ones are under consideration in other parts of the world.

E. Sabbatical Leaves

Purpose: to release full-time faculty with at least six years of service to Centenary College for pursuit of a specific project whose goals are: production of an original contribution to scholarship via publication and/or original work(s) of art; enhancement of academic reputation of the College; enhancement of professional expertise through a program of scholarly reading or study; enlargement of and/or addition to intellectual and cultural development and/or instructional skills of faculty members.

Standards for Project: Standards of merit are the same as the above goals. A project need not satisfy all four goals, but the more goals that a particular project satisfies the greater its individual merits. In cases of relatively equal merit between projects, length of service to the College will be a criterion, with preference given to those who have not previously received a sabbatical leave. Work toward an advanced degree will not constitute an acceptable project.

Obligations: Recipient must return to Centenary College for at least one year after sabbatical leave. Recipient must turn in a written report to the Provost summarizing accomplishments during the sabbatical period. The recipient will also make a public presentation to the college community on some central aspect of the accomplishments achieved during the sabbatical.

Application: Specific project proposals must be submitted in writing to the chair of the Faculty Personnel's Development Council with supportive material, including the recommendation of the department chair, by November 1 previous to the academic year in which the sabbatical would commence. The department chair's recommendation shall include a statement outlining what the beneficial effects of the sabbatical would be on the operations of the department. Additionally, the department chair shall submit to the Provost a statement on how the department proposes to staff the absent faculty member's courses. (02/01)

The Faculty Personnel's Development Council may recommend no more than 5% of the full-time faculty in any given academic year. Only one member of a department may be on sabbatical in a given period. If more than 5% of the full-time faculty of the College apply in any one year, unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to reapply for the next year's selection process.

The President of the College may veto the committee's recommendations but only for compelling financial and/or administrative reasons.

Salary and Benefits: Sabbatical leaves are for two semesters at half salary or one semester at full salary, but remuneration may not exceed the total amount in the annual budget for the sabbatical program. If a sabbatical is to be combined with a remunerative project, approval must be obtained in advance from the President.

The time spent on sabbatical leave is counted as time in service to the College on behalf of tenure, seniority, promotion, and salary increases.

Retirement premiums to be continued on the basis of full annual salary in effect at the beginning of leave (10% College contributions, 5% by faculty member). (4/03)

Social Security to be deducted from the sabbatical salary with the College paying the appropriate amount.

Group Hospitalization and Disability Insurance to be continued with the College and faculty member both maintaining contributions to full coverage in effect at the start of the leave.

Centenary College provides a self-funded Short Term Disability for full-time faculty and full-time employees. In the event a faculty member or employee becomes eligible for payment of Short Term Disability, the College will continue to pay the College's portion of health insurance and retirement until the termination of the Short Term Disability or the termination of the appointment. After termination of short-term disability, the disabled faculty member is eligible to participate in their Long-Term Disability plan. (4/02)

Approved by the faculty, December 1992; (Revised, April 1999, April 2000, and February 2001)
Last updated 16 May 2003