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Faculty development leaves may be granted by the president 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.

HOP policy 02-309 applies to full-time faculty 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. The committee will make recommendations to the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs who will make the final leave recommendation to the president

Faculty Development Leave is explained in full in HOP policy 02-309

Faculty Development Leave Timeline

September 2023

September 1 Notification from Provost to deans and chairs initiating FDL proposals for academic year 2024/2025
November 27 FDL applications including COVER SHEET due dean’s office for approval
December 6 FDL applications including cover sheet due ELECTRONICALLY from deans to Provost
December 7 FDL proposals submitted to committee for review
February 27 FDL committee return proposals/rankings to Provost
March 15 Provost recommendation for FDL for 2024/2025 to President and the faculty will be notified.

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