112 Leaves of Absence
Subject to approval by the Board of Regents, leaves of absence without
pay may be granted for a period of not more than one calendar year for
graduate study, military service, health reasons, or service or
research for other institutions or agencies. Renewals may be requested
for similar reasons.
112.01 Faculty Paid Leave
When funds are available, leaves with partial pay may be granted
for the purpose of scholarly work and encouraging professional
Only persons who have been employed by the University of West Georgia
at least three years are eligible. Such leaves are for a calendar year
less and are subject to renewal.
Faculty paid leave is one mechanism for encouraging professional growth
and development. The University of West Georgia shares with other
universities the traditional responsibilities to discover, develop,
preserve and disseminate knowledge. Much of this mission is
realized through the professional, scholarly and creative activities of
faculty members and through their interactions with students.
Therefore, faculty development is a critical element in reaching West
Georgia's goal of achieving educational excellence within a personal
112.0101 Eligibility and Application
- Tenured faculty may apply for paid leave during or after their
sixth year of full-time service at the University of West
spent on any type of leave of absence is not counted as full-time
service. Faculty members who are being reviewed for tenure are
not eligible to apply for paid leave during that year.
Applications are due on or before December 1st for the following
academic year. Applications are submitted to the department
for department recommendation. Applications must include a
curriculum vitae and a proposal for activities to be accomplished
the leave be granted. The proposal should include a clear
of the nature, significance and objectives of the project, specific
for completing it, the tangible results expected, and a statement of
this project will benefit the faculty member's department, College or
University as a whole. Proposal activities would ordinarily focus
research and/or creative endeavors, although proposals for specific
aimed at significant improvements in pedagogical practices and student
will be considered. The department chair or library unit head
forward all applications submitted, accompanied by his/her
to the Dean of the College/Library Director for a decision.
- At the time of application, the faculty member will be
asked to sign an agreement indicating that:
- For a leave with pay up to one year, the faculty member agrees
return to the institution at the end of the leave for a period of at
- For leaves of one year or greater (with pay), the faculty
agrees to return to the institution at the end of the leave for a
of at least two years.
- In the event that the faculty member does not return to the
institution for the full amount of time specified in the agreement, he
or she agrees
to reimburse the University for the amount of compensation while on
as well as any other expenses paid by the University during the leave.
- Faculty may be granted an award of paid leave no more often than
every seventh year of full-time service at the University of West
Granting of leave will depend upon availability of resources to fund
hiring of part-time or replacement faculty and upon the merit of the
The most common award options would be one year off with 1/2 pay or 1/2
off with full pay, however other arrangements which better meet the
of the individual faculty members project may be considered.
with pay will require that the appropriate Dean/Library Director
during the leave, the unit will be able to:
Faculty members granted leave on the basis of the activities included
the proposal must file a report with the department chair/library unit
and Dean/Library Director indicating what was accomplished during paid
A public presentation is also required when the faculty member returns
teaching and/or other duties.
- Satisfactorily carry on its instructional, research and
- Fulfill obligations to graduate students or honors students
or theses are being directed by the faculty member.