Clinical Educator, Scientist Educator, and Research Scientist Pathways
Effective: September 16, 2020
The University of South Florida Senior Vice President for Health and Dean of the Morsani College of Medicine authorizes a College sabbatical leave program with pay for eligible faculty not covered by the USF Faculty Regulation 10.104(17)(a).
This program is available to full-time, Core Faculty of the University of South Florida Health, Morsani College of Medicine at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, who are non-tenure-earning, excluding those in administrative positions at the level of chair/director and above.
Sabbaticals are granted to faculty to increase a faculty member's value to the University through enhanced opportunities for professional renewal, educational travel, study, formal education, research, writing or other experience of professional value, not as a reward for service.
The Office of Faculty Affairs will announce the sabbatical application process in the spring. Each year, one sabbatical will be awarded for each 40 eligible, non-tenure earning faculty members on a clinical or research pathway. Eligible faculty must have at least six (6) years' full-time service with the University.
Faculty members considering applying for a Sabbatical Leave should confirm with the USF Health Human Resources Office, MDC 28, (813)-974-9354, that any reduced salary as the result of the Sabbatical will not negatively impact their employee-paid benefits.
In accordance with the College Faculty Bylaws, the College Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee (APT Committee) will review all applications for sabbatical and make recommendations to the Dean for approval or non-approval.
Refer to the Timetable for the application process schedule.
Full-time members of the Core Faculty with the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, who are appointed completely as non-tenure-earning and who have at least six (6) years of full-time employment with the University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine, or the equivalent, are eligible to apply for Sabbatical Leave. "Visiting" faculty and those in administrative positions at the level of chair/director and above are not eligible. Eligible faculty may also apply for subsequent Sabbatical Leave after each additional six (6) years of full-time service.
A non-tenure-earning faculty member who is compensated, in part, through a contract or grant may receive a sabbatical only if the contract or granting source specifically allows a sabbatical in the conditions of award or funding agreement and the faculty member meets all other eligibility requirements.
The Dean will provide funding to guarantee a salary payment during the sabbatical that will be calculated based on an annual salary of $40,000 or one half of the College average tenured salary, whichever is greater for a maximum of four months. Here are some examples:
The faculty member must arrange any other salary support, other support and the payment of fringe benefits from other sources, if and as applicable. No moving expenses or other expenses will be provided by the Morsani College of Medicine or USF Health.
Compensation from the Academic Support Fund (ASF) and related UMSA benefits are not provided during a Sabbatical Leave and must be arranged, by the faculty member before submitting the application with his/her department Chairperson or program on an individual basis relative to contributions to the Department or program and are not considered an entitlement or guarantee. The Chairperson will provide a memorandum for the file if ASF support will be provided during the sabbatical and outline the amount and duration of each support. A copy of this memorandum will be included with the application package.
Sabbatical leaves are considered assigned duties. Faculty members should be evaluated while on such leave in a manner appropriate to the assigned duties involved. It is the responsibility of the faculty members to provide data for evaluation of their performance while on leave, consistent with the purpose of the sabbatical.
Within 30 days after returning from the sabbatical, the faculty member must provide to the Dean and the Senior Vice President a concise written report of accomplishments during the sabbatical. This report shall include information regarding the activities undertaken during the sabbatical, the results accomplished during the sabbatical as they affect the employee and the College, and research or other scholarly work produced or expected to be produced as a result of the sabbatical.
Faculty members who accept the benefit of a Sabbatical Leave are expected to return for full-time employment at the University of South Florida Health for a minimum of one full year (12 months) following completion of the sabbatical. If there are to be agreements to the contrary, they must be made in writing prior to accepting and going on the sabbatical. In those instances in which the faculty member neither returned to College duties for a least one year nor had a written agreement to the contrary, the faculty member may be required to return to the College the salary received during the program.
The criteria for awarding Sabbatical Leave to eligible faculty are:
Salary from sources other than the University received by a faculty member on sabbatical normally will result in reduction of the University salary to bring the total income to a level comparable to the faulty member's normal salary. However, in consideration of certain extenuating circumstances, i.e., salary received from an entity for work that is fundamental to the accomplishment of sabbatical purposes, the faculty member may request consideration of waiver of this requirement.
Faculty on sabbaticals may receive salary from USF grants or contracts at a level that would make total compensation equal to the faculty member's full-time salary for the sabbatical period. In order for a faculty member to use grant/contract funds to supplement salary while on sabbatical the following conditions must be met: