Faculty Development Leave Guidelines (Updated 3/98)
The Texas legislature's purpose in establishing the Faculty Development Leave Program is to improve further the higher education available to the youth at the state-supported colleges and universities and to establish this program of faculty development leaves as part of the plan of compensation for the faculty of these colleges and universities. [§ 51.105(a) TX Educ. Code].
The faculty development leave proposal should be designed to enable the faculty member to engage in study, research, writing, and similar projects for the purpose of adding to the knowledge and skills available to him/herself, to the students, to the institution, and society generally. "A faculty development leave of absence may be granted for study, research, writing, field observations, or other suitable purpose within the school's mission, if the faculty member is eligible by reason of service, the purpose is one for which a faculty development leave may be granted, and the granting of such leave does not place on faculty development leave a greater number of faculty members than that authorized." [§ 51.106 TX Educ. Code].
It is intended that all faculty members have the right to have their proposals considered by a faculty peer review committee and that the proposals be forwarded through the
A faculty member is to be considered eligible by reason of service for a faculty development leave when he/she has served as a member of the faculty of The University of Texas - Houston Health Science Center for at least two consecutive years, although preference will be given to faculty with longer periods of service. This service may be as an instructor or as an assistant, associate, or full professor, or an equivalent rank, and must be full-time academic duty but need not include teaching. [§ 51.103 TX Educ. Code].
Faculty development leave is a privilege earned by the faculty member's record of positive contributions to the educational and research missions of the department, school, and Health Science Center. The following criteria will be used by the Health Science Center Faculty Development Leave Committee in evaluating and prioritizing the proposals forwarded to the Committee:
Other factors to be considered are:
Format of the Application
The applicant should provide a double-spaced narrative of approximately 1000 words, maximum of four pages, which describes:
The faculty development leave proposal should be sent to the school's committee by April 1 or November 1 depending on the cycle chosen. (For a January start date, the cycle begins in April. For a proposed July 1 start date, the cycle begins in November.) The Dean should receive the proposals May 1 or December 1. The Dean will forward the proposals to the Executive Vice President for Research and Academic Affairs by June 1 or January 1. The Health Science Center Faculty Development Leave Committee will evaluate and prioritize the proposals and will then deliver the results to the Executive Vice President for Research and Academic Affairs by July 1 or February 1. The applicants and other pertinent individuals will be notified by August 1 or March 1 whether or not the proposal is approved. (See Timetable Chart)
If there is any change in an applicant's proposal after the proposal has been approved, the applicant must notify the Executive Vice President for Research and Academic Affairs as to those changes. In the Executive Vice President's discretion, the change may be allowed or the proposal may require a resubmission through the application process. Development leaves may be granted to a faculty member for up to one academic year at one-half salary or up to one-half academic year at full salary. Salary will include all fringe benefits. Faculty on development leave may accept a grant for study, travel, or research but may not accept employment without the express approval of the Board of Regents.
The precise terms of the development leave should be in writing and should be given to the recipient prior to the commencement of the leave. Recipients assume an implied obligation to return for service of at least the same duration as their development leave.
For tenure track faculty, no time will be counted toward fulfillment of their probationary period for tenure while on leave.
Each recipient must, upon leave completion, file copies of a report of leave activities with the Departmental Chair (or equivalent), the Dean, and the Executive Vice President for Research and Academic Affairs.
Fall and Spring Deadlines