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Sabbatical Support Program

The Center provides each declared member of the Humanities Center Faculty conducting research or creative activity in the humanities a variety of services and resources (up to a total cost of $1500) while he or she is on sabbatical leave.

Note: Assistant Professors taking a pre-promotion course releases should also see Pre-Promotion Grants.

Deadline

Fall 2019: The Board will meet in early September and early November to consider applications that will draw on the budget for fiscal year ’20. These funds must be used before July 1, 2020. To ensure that your request is given consideration at either of these meetings, please submit applications before August 30, 2019, for consideration at the September meeting, or November 1, 2019, for consideration at the November meeting. Remaining fiscal year ‘20 funds will continue to be awarded in the spring, based on availability, and the Board will begin accepting applications for fiscal year ‘21. 

Spring 2020: The Board will meet on the first Friday of each month in spring 2020, including Feb. 7, March 6, April 3, and May 1. Please submit funding requests one week in advance of any given meeting, to ensure consideration at that meeting. Spring deadlines fall on Jan. 31, Feb. 28, March 27, and April 24. Requests for pre-tenure sabbatical support must be submitted by Jan. 31 ahead of the first spring meeting. In general, requests for retroactive funding will not be considered, but faculty may inquire with the Director if extenuating circumstances arise.   

Available Resources

  • Library privileges at the University of Iowa (available through an arrangement with the Center for Advanced Studies, a scholarly facility maintained on the Oakdale Campus of the University of Iowa).
  • A work-study student employed as a research assistant. The Center will support forty (40) hours of work at the rate approved by the Office of Professional and Career Development Services for the level of assistance required. The faculty member also may apply for additional assistance, if it will be applied to a specific and extensive project and if funds are available.
  • Travel, lodging, and per diem support for attending one conference, in addition to those supported by College or School resources, or for conducting research.

Additional Information

The Board will, as occasion demands, consider requests for a slightly higher level of support. The Board also reserves the right to adjust the maximum amount of support available to individual faculty members, without prior announcement, in response to the number of requests received.

Faculty who elect to "split" their sabbatical between two academic years in a seven-year period may apply for this support only once.

Applicants should apply for access to these resources by sending a request, along with a copy of their application for sabbatical leave, to leah.kalmanson@drake.edu.

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