Leave of Absence
As provided by the Faculty Contract, Article 20 – Leaves, “Each year, the college will grant the equivalent of two, full-time professional development leaves for a total of 90 credit equivalents. Each leave will be funded at the faculty member’s regular full-time pay. These leaves may be granted for a portion of one term, for an entire term, or for up to three terms. A faculty member granted a professional development leave agrees to return to service for the College for an amount of time equal to twice the length of the leave. Otherwise, all funds the staff member received under the leave from the College must be repaid in full." For further contract language related to Professional Development Leave of Absence, see Article 20.
Faculty members who have completed five years of full time service at LBCC are eligible for up to three terms of professional development leave of absence. Applicants for professional development leave of absence must be in good standing and not on probationary status or work improvement plan.
Professional development leave activities might include, but are not limited to, learning new instructional techniques related to the faculty member’s instructional area, specific research or creative efforts related to the instructional area, or enrollment in studies to gain knowledge or to complete the requirements for a related degree or certificate. It is expected that leave objectives will serve the greater good of the college, the faculty member’s department and the faculty member themselves. Upon return from leave, the faculty member is expected to share their experience with appropriate college colleagues. These activities may include but are not limited to, a workshop or presentation, dissemination of research findings, or training of other faculty members. The faculty member may also be asked to give a presentation to the LBCC Board of Directors.
Application deadline is the first Monday of February for all professional development leave of absence grants for the following academic year. In the event that all available leave time is not granted by the February round of applications, the professional development committee will again accept applications on the first Monday of October for leaves to be taken during winter and spring term of the same academic year. It is recommended that the faculty member’s leave proposal be discussed with their supervisor prior to submission of the application. Applications will be reviewed by the committee within 30 days of the application deadline, with committee recommendations then forwarded to the college President for final approval.
After a leave begins, events may occur that will alter the faculty member’s activities from those outlined in their original proposal. If a substantial change occurs, the professional development committee must receive notice of the revised plan. For a faculty member on partial leave, if the revised activity affects their non-leave workload, that change must be discussed with the faculty member’s supervisor.
In awarding grants, priority will be given to those faculty members who have not had previous professional development leave. To be reviewed by the committee, applications must contain the following:
- Completed application form
- A description of the proposal including goals and objectives, a timeline for completion and a plan for sharing your experience with the college community
- Supporting documents, including estimates of projected costs and letters of recommendation, where appropriate
The committee reserves the right to ask the applicant for additional explanation or documentation material if necessary for clarification. At a minimum, your request for leave must address the following:
Goals and Objectives
- Clearly state the goals and objectives you plan to achieve by this leave.
- Describe the activities you plan to accomplish your goals. Include a tentative timeline for achieving major goals for each term requested.
The following should also be addressed:
- Discuss the proposal’s value to yourself, your department and the college
- Discuss the relationship of your proposal to your previous experience and/or your background
- If appropriate, describe the proposal’s collaborative components with other faculty, program representatives, mentors, etc.
- If linked to a prior leave of absence, discuss how this proposal has additional value and how it is tied to your prior leave in terms of both goals/objectives and specific activities.
- Discuss how you will implement the results of your leave into your role at LBCC.
- Discuss your proposal for sharing your leave experience with the college. Discuss plans for presentations, workshops, shared curriculum, etc. as appropriate.