Junior Faculty Sabbatical Program

(revised 6/15/2012)

The Junior Faculty Sabbatical Program is intended to support the professional development of faculty members on the tenure ladder at the Harvard School of Public Health. The program provides salary support for half an academic year (i.e., five months) of leave for research, the acquisition of new technical skills, or other activities that will further the recipient’s professional development. The sabbatical may be spent in residence or away from the school. During the sabbatical period, the recipient is expected not to engage in teaching, committee, or other administrative work. Only one sabbatical may be taken during the period of nontenured service, and time taken for a junior faculty sabbatical does not extend an appointment or add time to the total years permitted on the ladder. In addition, it is expected that a recipient will be in residence for a minimum of one year after returning from sabbatical.

  1. Eligibility: Those wishing to apply for a junior faculty sabbatical for academic year 2013-14 must meet the following criteria:
    • They are assistant and associate professors whose primary appointment is at the Harvard School of Public Health and who are on the HSPH payroll;
    • As of July 1, 2013, they have held an appointment on the tenure ladder for at least three years;
    • As of July 1, 2013, the departmental process that begins a faculty member’s consideration for promotion to tenure (ordinarily conducted in the eighth year on the tenure ladder, unless an extension to the tenure clock has been granted) has not commenced, and such a review is not expected to be launched before July 1, 2014.
  1. Application process:A proposal of no more than two pages (single-spaced) must be submitted to the Office of Faculty Affairs by November 1, 2013. The proposal should describe the activities planned for the sabbatical period, the relevance of those activities to the faculty member’s professional development, and plans for coverage of the faculty member’s teaching and advising responsibilities. A curriculum vitae and a letter of support from the applicant’s department chair must be submitted with the proposal.
  2. Selection process and criteria: The senior associate dean for academic affairs will select the sabbatical winners.  Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the scholarly merit of the activities to be undertaken during the period of sabbatical leave and the incremental value of those activities to the applicant’s professional development.
  3. Salary support: For faculty members on the HSPH payroll, salary support will be provided for up to 50 percent of their academic-year salary. If a faculty member covers a portion of his or her salary during the sabbatical period from grant or contract funds, 50 percent of the amount of salary and fringe benefits so covered will be provided to the faculty member in the form of a discretionary account that may be used for professional activities after the sabbatical period. (Note: For faculty members who receive part of their salary from another institution, financial support will be provided in proportion to their HSPH salary.)
  4. Once the dates and financial arrangements have been finalized, complete and submit the Faculty Sabbatical and Paid Leave of Absence Form to effect the leave.

* FTE (full-time equivalent) reflects the percentage of the faculty member’s annualized salary that is compensated on the HSPH payroll. For example, faculty who do not work for HSPH in July and August or who have not raised outside funding to cover that portion or their salary have an FTE of .833.