Leaves for Assistant Professors

Assistant Professor Research Leave

Regular, full-time, untenured faculty possessing the terminal degree who are not yet eligible for regular sabbatical leave, who will have completed two years of continuous service at Grinnell, and who have received less than two years of prior teaching credit toward tenure at Grinnell are eligible to apply for a one-semester (3 course) research leave. Faculty on standard review schedules are eligible to apply in their third or fourth year. Faculty with one year credit for prior teaching may apply in their third year only. Faculty with two years credit for prior teaching are ineligible to apply. Faculty who have not counted all their years at Grinnell toward tenure are eligible to apply three and two years prior to the year of their tenure review. Faculty in regular, full time, non-tenure track positions (such as PE faculty and Library faculty) are eligible to apply for a Research Leave tenable in the two years prior to the year they are reviewed for promotion to Associate Professor. If a faculty member intends to apply for a Research Leave, it is extremely important that they inform both the Dean's Office AND their department chair of their intention no later than the 3rd Friday in August, as such applications affect review schedules.

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Harris Faculty Fellowship

A gift from the late Jack ('39) and Lucile Hanson ('40) Harris has endowed annual competitive fellowships for junior faculty members at Grinnell College. The fellowships provide awardees with a leave at full salary for one academic year and up to $6,000 in research/travel funds. The number of fellowships awarded each year depends on the annual endowment income of the Harris fund and on the merits of the proposals; proposals must pass a rigorous review in order to be funded. The Dean of the College, following consultation with the Personnel Committee, the College Committee on Support for Faculty Scholarship, and appropriate evaluators, will select the Harris fellows.

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Leaves for Associate Professors & Professors

Sabbatical Leave

Grinnell College regards sabbatical leaves as a privilege granted upon the submission of an appropriate justification for the leave, not as an automatic entitlement. Such justification should take the form of (typically) a one-and-a-half to two-page letter addressed to the Dean of the College. Sabbatical leave proposals will be reviewed by the Committee for Support of Faculty Scholarship (CSFS) upon receipt, but should be submitted by 5:00 pm on the 2nd Friday in November of the year prior to the anticipated leave. In the letter, the applicant should (a) indicate whether a one-semester (3 course) is preferred; (b) explain the nature of the work to be undertaken during the leave; (c) specify the location of residence during the proposed leave; and (d) state the scholarly product(s) and/or enhancements to teaching which are expected to result from the proposed leave. A current vita must accompany the letter of application. Longer statements of proposed scholarly work may be attached to the application (but are not required); however, the application letter must summarize the proposed project in succinct, non-technical, jargon-free language, not simply refer to a longer, technical description attached.

Study Leave

Grinnell College has established a competitive program of study leaves designed to encourage and promote increased scholarly productivity for the faculty. The intent of this program is to support scholarship either by extending a one-semester sabbatical leave to a full year or by providing an additional paid leave for one semester (2 courses) at the midpoint between regular sabbatical leaves. Faculty taking study leaves will normally be expected to continue with advising and service activities.

Faculty should include a short report on their study leaves in their Faculty Activities Reports.

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Academic Enterprise Leave 

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of a grant intended to promote interdisciplinary teaching and research at Grinnell, the Academic Enterprise Leaves are one-semester leaves designed to enable established faculty members to pursue new programs of research, which may also enrich future teaching. The intent of this program is to support faculty either by extending a one-semester sabbatical leave to a full year or by providing an additional paid leave for one semester (2 courses) at the midpoint between regular sabbatical leaves. Faculty taking such leaves will normally be expected to continue with advising and modest service activities, but proposals which require long-term absences and therefore cannot entail advising or service work will be considered. Requests for a complete severance from college service will require convincing substantiation. A written report on the leave should be presented to the Dean of the College by February 1 (for fall semester leaves) or June 15 (for spring semester leaves). Please note that Mellon funds are intended to support work in the humanities or humanistic social sciences.

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