Sabbatical Leaves


To release full-time teaching faculty with tenure or 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 completion of a first terminal degree will not constitute an acceptable project.



The recipient must return to Centenary College for at least one full academic year after the academic year in which sabbatical leave was taken. 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.



Specific project proposals must be submitted in writing to the chair of the Faculty Development Committee with supportive material, including the recommendation of the department chair, by November 1 prior 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.

Applicants who have had a sabbatical in the last six years will not be considered.

After consultation with the Provost, 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.

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