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Faculty development leaves may be granted by the Board of Regents for field observations, research, study, writing, or other scholarly/creative activities. They should not be used to complete work for a terminal degree. No more than six percent of university faculty members may be on development leave at any one time.

University policy 12.7 applies to full-time faculty and librarians whose duties include teaching, research, administration, or the performance of professional services. Except for special circumstances, individuals are eligible for a development leave after serving full time for at least three consecutive years. After completion of a development leave, recipients may not apply for four years.

Applications for faculty development leaves will be reviewed annually by the Faculty Development Leave Committee. The committee will consist of full-time faculty members, one from each academic college and one from the library. The committee will make recommendations to the provost and vice president for academic affairs and the president, who will make the final leave recommendation to the Board of Regents

Faculty Development Leave is explained in full in university policy 12.7.

Faculty Development Leave Timeline

September 2022

September 1 Notification from Provost to deans and chairs initiating FDL proposals for academic year 2023/2024
November 21 FDL applications including COVER SHEET due dean’s office for approval
December 5 FDL applications including cover sheet due ELECTRONICALLY from deans to Provost
December 6 FDL proposals submitted to committee for review
February 27 FDL committee return proposals/rankings to Provost
March 15 Provost recommendation for FDL for 2023/2024 to President/Board
Faculty will be notified at this point, with final approval at the April board meeting 

Important documents for Faculty Development Leave applications:


Office of the Provost

Physical Address:
1936 North Street
Austin Building
Room 316

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 6079, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962