Eligible faculty may apply for either a one-semester leave (Fall 2015 or Spring 2016) at full salary, or a one-year leave (Fall 2015 and Spring 2016) at half salary.
Faculty with prior development leave(s) may apply for:
Applications must be submitted via the Faculty Requests portal between September 1 and October 1, 5:00 pm.
The Faculty Senate strongly recommends that applicants contact the senator(s) from their college prior to initiating the application process in order to receive assistance in developing an effective proposal, as well as for explanation of the review procedure. List of Faculty Senators
The online application includes:
1. A completed application form
2. A brief abstract (approximately 100 words) indicating the specific goals of the leave period.
3. The development leave proposal: a statement of no more than 4000 characters that provides an explanation of:
a) the project you intend to pursue;
b) the merits of that project;
c) the methods you will employ;
d) how the project will benefit your teaching, research, and/or professional development.
4. An up-to-date curriculum vitae in Texas State format (uploaded as a pdf to the Faculty Requests system)
5. If an applicant has previously received a development leave, he/she must also upload a copy or abstract of the most recent written report submitted to the provost after that leave. (pdf to be uploaded to the Faculty Requests system)
6. If an applicant is applying for the supplemental award, he/she must complete the supplemental award questions stated in the online application.
The online application will enforce character limits, will not allow additional documents to be submitted, and will not accept applications after 5pm on October 1. Additional information may be found in PPS 8.02.
Submissions will be electronically routed to the applicant’s chair/ director. When the chair/director has verified the applicant's eligibility and has provided the requested information, the completed application will be routed for comments and signature to the college dean. By October 15, all applications will then be routed to the Faculty Senate for review.
Applicants are encouraged to meet with their respective senator(s) prior to October 15 to assure that their senator fully understands the proposed project, and to provide any needed clarification.
The senate, in a closed meeting, will briefly discuss the merits of each application. Each senator will evaluate all applications using the following rubric.
A. Applicant’s proposal clearly describes in language appropriate for a generalist audience activities that will enhance teaching, scholarly/creative activities, or service. These activities should be beyond the scope of what can be achieved while carrying out the regular duties of a non-leave semester.
B. Applicant has described anticipated outcomes that will benefit the University, such as scholarly publication, presentation of creative work, enhanced teaching skills, or exceptional service accomplishments.
C. Applicant has secured necessary financial, scholarly, technical, and other resources or agreements needed within the leave period to carry out the project, including communication with any entities central to the proposal. *
D. Applicant has provided a curriculum vita that indicates the capability to carry out the proposed project.
E. Applicant has attached the report to the Provost from the most recent development leave (or if not available, a one-page summary), which documents productive use of resources during the prior leave. *
*Projects that do not require external agreements, or applications that are from faculty without prior leaves, will be assigned full points in these categories so that point totals are not skewed.
The average of all Senators' ratings on each applicant will determine whether the application merits the Senate’s recommendation for approval. All applications will be forwarded to the Provost in ranked order and those with a composite score of 10 points or more will be recommended.
The Senate Chair will inform each candidate of the Senate’s decision regarding his/her application no later than November 5, 2014. In the event that a proposal is not recommended, the letter will include rubric scores to assist the applicant in understanding the reasons for the decision. Except as provided above, the Senate's discussion and rankings are confidential and will not be released to other parties.
Pending the availability of funds, five Supplemental Awards of $20,000 each are available to faculty who receive Development Leaves. These awards are provided to assist faculty in their research efforts, and can be used to:
In the latter case, the supplemental award may be combined with other funds from the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs to provide up to 100% of salary for an academic-year leave.
A committee appointed by the Provost, and including representation from the Faculty Senate, will review all requests for these awards from faculty who have been approved by the President for Faculty Development Leaves.
Criteria for selection include:
a. Overall Quality of the Proposal - The proposal is well organized and clearly written.
b. Importance to the Field - Publication and dissemination of results represents a significant contribution to the discipline and/or field of study.
c. Scope - The activity described in the proposal is beyond what can be achieved in one semester of development leave.
d. Potential for External Funding - There is a prospect for leveraging the project to obtain external sponsored funding.
The committee will recommend five award recipients to the Provost, who will make the final decisions. Award notifications will be made by the Provost by January 19, 2015.