Reasons for and Products of Faculty Sabbatical Leaves. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.Report as inadecuate

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This study examined the reasons for and products of faculty sabbatical leaves, using data from 193 approved sabbatical applications and 125 sabbatical reports submitted between 1991 and 1993 at a public research university in the midwest. It found that of the 193 successful applicants, 164 actually completed the sabbatical, and that approximately 3.8 percent of the institution's faculty were on sabbatical at any one time. Most of the faculty indicated in their application that they intended to use the sabbatical primarily to conduct research (49 percent) or to write (21 percent). In aggregate, the 125 faculty who submitted post-sabbatical reports indicated that the following products were directly attributed to the sabbatical: (1) 42 books or manuscripts; (2) 26 book chapters; (3) 4 monographs; (4) 91 published articles; (5) 65 papers submitted for publication; (6) over $1.3 million in secured research grants; (7) 36 grant proposals submitted; (8) 94 talks, presentations, or invited lectures; (9) 13 new or revised courses developed; (10) 2 music compositions; (11) 1 conference; and (12) 1 analytical report. The results of the study are discussed in light of recent criticisms of faculty productivity and the value of sabbaticals. (MDM)

Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Development, Faculty Publishing, Higher Education, Productivity, Research, Sabbatical Leaves

Author: Sima, Celina M.; Denton, William E.


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