Sabbatical Leave Overview

The purpose of Sabbatical Leave for Full Time Faculty (Sabbatical Leave) is to provide professional renewal for eligible faculty. A sabbatical should provide the individual a significant opportunity for new, or renewed, achievement and growth through activities such as study, research, writing, creative work, and travel so that the individual’s teaching effectiveness may be enhanced. Sabbatical Leave is not to be understood as deferred compensation or automatically approved.

Sabbatical Leave may be granted, upon application and approval, based upon established criteria for study, research, creative work, field observations or other pursuits or value to the individual and the College, so that they may return to their posts with renewed vigor, perspective, and insight.

Opportunities for additional training, for improving skills and for staying current in the field are understood to be included as a purpose of sabbatical leave.

 Click here to read a memo from Dr. Shugart about Sabbatical Leave at Valencia.


Full-time tenured faculty with at least five years of continuous qualifying Valencia service and not in the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) are eligible to apply for a sabbatical leave. Eligible faculty may apply for a sabbatical leave upon completion of five years of service but must complete seven years of continuous service before a sabbatical leave can commence. For more information, please refer to the  Sabbatical Leave policy and procedure.

General criteria for award will include exceptional service to the college, seniority, whether the sabbatical proposal provides for individual renewal or experience which will enhance the individual's ability to contribute to the College, and the ability of the affected college department or division to reallocate work during the proposed sabbatical.

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