December 1 is the deadline for applications for the President’s Sabbatical Award. This award is a golden opportunity to receive a semester sabbatical with full pay and benefits. In the past, recipients have used the sabbatical to write books, compose music, develop art exhibits, and devise new and inventive teaching strategies. The sabbatical is not intended for completion of doctoral work. Both teaching and professional faculty members, representing a variety of disciplines including English, art, history, geology, physics and music, have won the award.
Each academic year, a maximum of three faculty members, one of whom can be on a 12-month contract, can receive the award. Award proposals should be no more than 1,000 words and specify how the sabbatical leave will uniquely benefit both the individual and the College. The proposal and NOVA Form 105-100 should be sent electronically to Jami Yazdani (AN), chair of the Personnel Services Committee, by Sunday, December 1. Faculty members on the Personnel Services Committee (who are not eligible for the award) will evaluate the proposals and recommend up to three names to the president, who then selects the award winners. Award recipients will present a lecture on their sabbatical experience to the College community during the year following their leave.