Research Leaves

In addition to the types of leave available to all faculty employees, tenured faculty members may be eligible to request Study-Research Leave or Research Assignment.

Study-Research Leave: one year, partial salary (not to exceed one-half salary), full employee benefits

Research Assignment: one semester, full salary, full employee benefits

Please consult the Faculty Handbook, Chapter 3, Sections 3.8 and 3.9 for detailed descriptions of these types of leave.

Application Process

Full-time tenured faculty members with the rank of associate professor or higher who have accrued a minimum of six years of service are eligible for study-research leave or research assignment. Following a period of study-research leave or research assignment, an additional six years of full-time service are necessary before a faculty member is eligible for another leave.

To apply for study-research leave or research assignment, the following forms should be completed and submitted electronically to the college dean's office to be approved and submitted to the Provost's office via Sharepoint.

Deadlines

  • November 1: Request for leave due to department head, including the Memorandum of Agreement and P3A forms (see sidebar for forms)
  • November 15: Department-approved requests due to dean
  • December 15: Dean-approved requests due to provost
  • April 1: Provost-approved requests presented to Board of Visitors for approval
  • April 2: Faculty member, department head, dean, human resources, notified of board approval

 

Changes in Circumstances
Throughout the process, should changes in a faculty member’s circumstances impact the timing or conditions of a leave request, please contact Jack Finney, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs in the Office of the Provost.

Reporting

Within two months of return to service, faculty members on study-research leave or research assignment are required to submit a brief report describing their activities and accomplishments  Reports should be submitted electronically using the link below, with copies to the department head and dean:
https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3OUF3VrlDp4AqBn

Questions? Contact the Office of the Provost