Cut this.

Applications for supplemental sabbatical grants should be submitted to the Dean of the Faculty’s office by January 5th of the year preceding the planned term of sabbatical. Instructions for applying are detailed below.

Supplemental sabbatical salary grants are available to tenured faculty to support projects for professional development while on leave. The supplement can be applied either to a one semester mini-sabbatical (3/4 pay for one semester after 3 consecutive years of teaching) or to a full sabbatical (3/4 pay for one year after 6 consecutive years of teaching). Grants will provide either 1/4 salary or the amount necessary to bring 3/4 salary plus any outside grant or other outside remuneration to the level of the annual academic salary, whichever is less.

I realize that proposing cuts in faculty spending does not make me popular with professors, but there is a financial crisis. Related news story here.

Some [Brown University] faculty members at the November meeting expressed concern that humanities faculty are less apt to receive external funding for their research and thus need fully funded sabbaticals. Dill reviewed some statistics from Williams College and New York University, which both offer 75 percent pay for a sabbatical every six semesters, which she said suggests concerns about equity are unfounded.

One faculty member who was formerly a visiting professor at Williams said the college was “one of the most generous institutions I’ve ever been associated with” and suggested that higher pay makes it easier for Williams professors to tolerate the proposed 25-percent pay reduction that a sabbatical requires.

Williams needs to cut costs. If not the Sabbatical Grant Program, then what?

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