Policy Number: 49
Faculty Development Leave
I. POLICY AND GENERAL STATEMENT
Faculty development leaves will be authorized for the primary purpose of increasing the value of the recipient’s sustained contribution to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (“university”) by providing the individual an opportunity for professional growth. All faculty members who hold the rank of instructor or above and who have served full-time academic duty at the university for at least two consecutive academic years are eligible to apply for a faculty development leave of absence for study, research, writing, field observations or other suitable purposes. No more than six percent of faculty members may be on faculty development leave at any one time.
Faculty development leaves may be requested and subsequently granted for one academic year (12 months) at half salary, or one semester (six months) at full salary. Salaries paid to faculty while on development leave may come either from funds appropriated by the Texas Legislature specifically for that purpose or other such funds available to the university. Endorsement of a faculty development leave request does not signify approval of funding for the faculty member's salary (see below). The dean of the school of the faculty member's primary appointment is responsible for assuring appropriate funding for the developmental leave of absence.
Faculty members on development leave may accept scholarships, fellowships or grants for the purpose of research or study for which no services are required (for Fulbright lectureships when teaching is combined with research) while on leave. Faculty members on development leave may not accept employment from any other person, corporation or government unless The University of Texas Board of Regents determines that it would be in the public interest to do so and expressly approves the employment.
The following general guidelines govern awarding faculty development leave. Specific guidelines appear in Guidelines for the Faculty Development Leave Program.
Qualified faculty members may apply for development leave by submitting a statement of the nature of their research or other proposed activities during the leave to the Faculty Leave Committee within their school. The Faculty Leave Committee will review faculty proposals and forward annually a set of nominations for leave assignments to the dean of the school or equivalent. The participation of the faculty in the nomination process within each school permits the unique mission of that school to be considered in the assessment of the proposals and reflects a commitment to equal opportunity for faculty who apply.
The dean, in consultation with appropriate leaders within the school, will review nominations of the school committee and forward both the nominations and recommendations to the Executive Vice President for Academic and Research Affairs (“EVPARA”).
The EVPARA will forward the nominations to the Standing Committee on Faculty Development Leave. The committee consists of one faculty representative from the faculty development leave committee of each unit. The EVPARA is responsible for soliciting membership from the units. This committee will report a final set of nominations arranged by priority to the EVPARA, who will make final selections for leave assignments.
While on leave, a faculty member's vacation and sick leave hours continue to accrue at the full-time rate. Additionally, the accrued hours the faculty member may carry forward to the next fiscal year is based on the full-time rate.
While a faculty member is on leave, no time will be counted toward fulfillment of a probationary period for tenure.
Recipients of faculty development leaves must, upon return from faculty development leave, file copies of a report of activities with their department chair or equivalent, with the dean of their unit, and with the EVPARA.
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