(17) Sabbatical leave for instructional faculty.
The board may grant sabbatical leave of up to one year to instructional faculty, in order to recognize and enhance teaching efforts and excellence, under rules and procedures adopted by the board, subject to the following conditions:
Sabbatical leave may be granted only to those faculty members who have completed 6 or more years, or the equivalent, of full-time instructional service in the system.
Only one sabbatical leave may be granted for each 6 years of full-time instructional service in the system with preference given to those who have been making significant contributions to teaching and have not had a leave of absence except under s. 103.10
, regardless of source of funding, in the previous 4 years.
Sabbatical leave shall be granted for the purposes of enhancing teaching, course and curriculum development or conducting research or any other scholarly activities related to instructional programs within the field of expertise of the faculty member taking such leave.
Sabbatical leave shall be approved by appropriate faculty and administrative committees.
A faculty member shall receive compensation while on sabbatical leave, but such compensation, when combined with outside compensation earned while on leave, shall not exceed the full compensation normally received from the system.
The faculty member taking a sabbatical leave shall agree to return to the institution from which leave was granted for at least one year after the termination of the sabbatical or return any compensation received from the system during the sabbatical.
Funding for the sabbatical leave program shall be provided from the existing general operations appropriation for the system.