Sabbatical leave allows faculty members to pursue research and other work to further their careers, by providing time away from other activities at CUE, including teaching and service. By CUE’s definition, “…A sabbatical leave is an extended period of academic work or scholarship intended to enrich the intellectual life of CUE…”.
Sabbatical leave is defined in the Collective Agreement under clause 21.
21.1.1 A sabbatical leave is an extended period of academic work or scholarship intended to enrich the intellectual life of Concordia. Specifically, a sabbatical leave is to be used for one or more of the following purposes:
(a) research and scholarship, including the beginning of a new and promising line of research and scholarly activity;
(b) advanced study, work, or travel designed to keep the faculty Member abreast of the latest developments in his or her area of specialization.
21.2.1 Every faculty Member with a permanent appointment is eligible for a first sabbatical leave after six (6) years of permanent full‐time or full‐time equivalent service at Concordia, for a second sabbatical leave after thirteen (13) years of permanent full‐time of full‐time equivalent service at Concordia, for a third sabbatical leave after twenty (20) years of permanent full‐time or full‐time equivalent service at Concordia, and so on. Time spent on leave of absence, except sabbatical leaves, is not counted toward the service period. Part-time service is translated into full‐time equivalents on the basis of normal service loads. Eligibility is not limited by age. Faculty Members may not take more than twelve (12) months of sabbatical leave within any three‐year period.
21.3.1 Priority among Members seeking sabbatical leaves shall be determined on the basis of number of years of full‐time or full‐time equivalent service to Concordia since the end of the academic year of the faculty Member’s last sabbatical leave. Among the applicants with the same priority level, preference will first be given to those without leave of absence since their last sabbatical and then to those eligible for a first sabbatical.
21.4.1 Normally, up to one‐eighth of the faculty may be granted sabbatical leave each year in accordance with Clause 21.6.
21.5 Early Sabbatical Leaves
21.5.1 In unusual circumstances, faculty Members that are three (3) or less years short of being eligible for a sabbatical leave may apply for and, subject to the normal priority and availability rules outlined in this Article, be granted an early sabbatical leave.
21.6 Length, Schedule and Salary
21.6.1 The sabbatical leave is twelve (12) or six (6) months in total length and is scheduled according to the following options:
(a) a twelve‐month sabbatical leave from July 1 to June 30 at:
i. 90% salary for a Member taking a first sabbatical;
ii. 80% salary for Members taking their second or subsequent sabbatical
(b) a six‐month sabbatical leave from July 1 to December 31 or from January 1 to June 30 at 100% salary;
(c) a twelve‐month sabbatical leave divided into two six‐month sections at 80% salary, the first half taken from July 1 to December 31 or from January 1 to June 30 and the second half from July 1 to December 31 or from January 1 to June 30 within six years of the end of the first half. For purposes of 21.1 this sabbatical leave is counted in the academic year of the first half. Priority (21.2) for the next sabbatical leave will accrue starting at the end of the academic year of the second half.
21.7.1 The decision as to the acceptability of a proposal will not be based on whether additional remuneration may be received, but rather on the probability that the faculty Member will enhance his or her value to Concordia. Teaching elsewhere or working in research laboratories of industry or government may be approved if such activities can be expected to contribute significantly to the acquisition of useful ideas and practices. In no case will leave be granted primarily for the purpose of augmenting the faculty Member’s income. The benefit to Concordia must be foremost in the consideration leading to approval of the leave.
21.8.1 By means of a list published at the beginning of each academic year, the Vice‐President Academic & Provost will keep Members informed as to their eligibility and priority within the next six‐year period. By October 1 of the academic year preceding the academic year in which the sabbatical is to occur, a Member will apply for a leave by submitting written plans and other pertinent data to his or her Dean that meet the requirements of Clause 21.1 of this Article.
21.8.2 The Dean shall forward proposals that are acceptable directly to the Research and Faculty Development Committee by October 15. If the Dean finds the sabbatical proposal not acceptable, the faculty Member will be given the opportunity to modify the proposal. If, after modification, the Dean still finds the sabbatical proposal unacceptable, the faculty Member has the option of submitting this disagreement to informal dispute resolution according to Article 25.7 (Grievance and Arbitration). The final recommendation of the Dean with respect to the modified proposal will be forwarded to the Research and Faculty Development Committee not later than October 31.
21.8.3 The Research and Faculty Development Committee shall decide which of the requests are consistent with the purpose for which sabbatical leave is granted and forward recommendations for their approval to the Vice‐President Academic & Provost. The Vice-President Academic & Provost grants final approval. If there are more eligible candidates than can be accommodated, selection of sabbatical leave recipients will be based on the priorities given in this Article and the merits of the sabbatical proposal. If the sabbatical proposal is unacceptable in the views of both the Dean and Research and Faculty Development Committee, approval may be denied even if the applicant’s priority and the number of available sabbatical leaves would otherwise qualify the proposal for approval.
21.8.4 A Member’s most recent past sabbatical leave report may be considered by the RFDC in their recommendations only insofar as it reflects an unjustified failure to work in accordance with the Member’s original sabbatical proposal.
21.8.5 Candidates will be notified of the decision by December 31 of the same year.
21.9 A sabbatical of one year shall be deemed to include the vacation entitlement, and a six-month sabbatical shall be deemed to include one‐half of the vacation entitlement.
21.10 If a staff member takes ill or is injured during a sabbatical and, as a result, cannot complete the sabbatical program, he or she shall be placed on medical leave, provided the illness/injury is for longer than fourteen (14) days.
If a person is placed on medical leave, the following rules apply:
(a) Salary while on medical leave will be at regular salary rate.
(b) If the onset of illness/injury occurs before 50% of the sabbatical has been completed, the sabbatical will be considered to be cancelled and the Member may take another sabbatical in the following sabbatical year (provided the sabbatical program is the same as the aborted one, without formal application). Eligibility for a subsequent sabbatical will be determined by the dates of the second or replacement sabbatical, not by the aborted one. Notwithstanding the fact that part of the original sabbatical has been cancelled, the salary rate will not be adjusted for that period.
(c) If the onset of illness/injury occurs when 50% or more of the sabbatical has been completed, the sabbatical will be considered to be completed and eligibility for a subsequent sabbatical will be based on the regular end‐date of the aborted sabbatical.
21.11 Sabbatical Leave Reports
Midway through the sabbatical leave the Member shall consult with the Chair, or in a Faculty without Chairs, the Dean, with respect to the progress of the sabbatical plan. Members returning from sabbatical leave shall, within three (3) months of their return to the University, submit a written report to the Faculty Dean and to the Research and Faculty Development Committee. This report shall describe the sabbatical leave accomplishments in terms of the Member’s fulfillment of the sabbatical leave plan and the purpose of a sabbatical leave. The final report shall be attached to the Member’s Annual Report on Professional Activities for that year.
List of Recipients of the Sabbatical Awards
Dr. Xin Chen, Faculty of Science
Title: Post-fire movement of metals in Alberta peatland boreal forests; theoretical study of within guild body size differentiation.
Dr. Alison Kulak, Faculty of Arts
Title: Assessing the Impact of AlzAB/NT FirstLink TM Program.
Dr. Neil Querengesser, Faculty of Arts
Title: The Anthropocene: “The era of geological time during which human activity is considered to be the dominant influence on the environment, climate, and ecology of the earth”.
Dr. Brian Rooney, Faculty of Arts
Title: Assessing the Impact of AlzAB/NT FirstLink TM Program.
Dr. Pavol Zavarsky, Faculty of Management
Title: Study of Cybersecurity Programs to Enhance the Competitiveness of MISSM Graduate Studies, Targeted Dissemination of Information about CUE Information Systems Security and Assurance Graduate Programs to Mitigate Problems in the MISSM Enrolment Patterns and Work on Fixing a Design Flaw of the MISSM Program to Increase Employability of MISSM and GDIS Graduates.
Dr. Tolly Bradford, Faculty of Arts
Dr. Travis Dumsday, Faculty of Arts
Dr. Caroline Howarth, Faculty of Arts
Dr. John Jayachandran, Faculty of Arts
Dr. Tim McNamara, Faculty of Arts
Dr. Elizabeth Smythe, Faculty of Arts
Dr. Dorothy Steffler, Faculty of Arts
Dr. Thomas Ashish, Faculty of Management
Dr. Joy Berg, Faculty of Arts
Dr. Sergey Butakov, Faculty of Management
Dr. Efa Etoroma, Faculty of Arts
Dr. Deborah Hemmerling, Faculty of Science
Dr. Tim Labron, Faculty of Arts
Dr. Rossitza Marinova, Faculty of Science