Faculty Administrative Liaison Committee
Annual Report, 2004-2005

At the February 2005 Faculty meeting resolutions by the Furman Faculty concerning sabbatical leave and compensation were proposed to the Faculty Administrative Liaison Committee for consideration.

The resolutions presented were:

1.    Raising the salary for a full year sabbatical to a figure higher than the current 50% of a faculty member’s salary.  Reasoning:  Such a move will help more faculty members be able to afford to take a full-year sabbatical and will therefore enhance the professional development such sabbaticals are intended to foster.

2.    Configuring course load so that a faculty member taking a half-year sabbatical will actually receive a half year or 50% reduction in course load.  Reasoning:  As it now stands, faculty members typically teach three courses and are relieved of two, making a half year sabbatical equivalent to a 2/5 reduction in teaching load.  The faculty could actually attain a 50% reduction with only minor increases in administrative oversight, such as alternating a teaching load of two and three courses during subsequent sabbaticals.

After deliberations, the Faculty Administrative Liaison Committee submits the following proposals to the Furman Faculty for its consideration and recommendation to the Dean of the Faculty and the President:

1.  That a new sabbatical policy providing fully funded sabbaticals be   implemented.
The committee envisions several full-year sabbaticals funded at 100% based on the merit of the proposals.  At the same time, however, Furman will continue its current sabbatical leave policy which grants an eligible faculty member a sabbatical leave of one-half an academic year at full salary.

2.  That eligible faculty members have the option to a pre-tenure sabbatical in their fourth year of teaching.     This would allow junior faculty the opportunity to research, write, or publish before the traditional sabbatical is granted.  If a faculty member chooses to take a sabbatical during the fourth year, she or he would next be eligible for a sabbatical during their eleventh year – i.e., seven years after the first sabbatical—and thereafter every seventh year.

3.  The Committee recommends that the Dean and Administration work with academic departments to implement a plan that would provide one-half or 50% course reduction rather than a two-fifths reduction in teaching load for a sabbatical leave of one-half an academic year at full salary.  As it now stands, faculty members typically teach three courses and are relieved of two.

The Faculty and Administrative Liaison Committee submits these recommendations to the Furman Faculty for its consideration.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane Vecchio (History) Chair
Gil Einstein (Psychology)
Tom Kazee (Dean of the Faculty and Academic Vice President)
Mark Kilstofte (Music)
Mark Stone (Philosophy)
David Turner (Physics)
Danielle Vinson (Political Science)

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