Academic Leaves of Absence

Academic leaves of absence are intended to benefit the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester by strengthening the creative activity and research productivity of tenured or tenure-eligible faculty members.  An academic leave recognizes the importance to faculty of having time for scholarship and creative works, but is not an entitlement.  It requires the Provost’s approval following a recommendation of the department chair and the Senior Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs.

The following guidelines apply to academic leaves of absence.  This information does not apply to requests for personal leaves.

Academic Leave of Absence – Guidelines

Application for Academic Leave of Absence, Part I – Faculty Applicant 

Application for Academic Leave of Absence, Part II – Chair Recommendation 

Academic leave of Absence applications should be approached with the same seriousness of purpose and rigor that would be applied to any grant application.  Academic Leaves of Absence are intended to benefit the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester by strengthening the creative activity and research productivity of tenured or tenure-track faculty members.  An academic leave recognizes the importance to faculty of having time for scholarship and creative work, but is not an entitlement and must be proposed and reviewed by administrators at various levels.  The process includes a sequence of reviews by the Eastman department chair, the Senior Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, the Dean, and the Provost of the University.

Application Deadlines:

Full time faculty members who are interested in applying for an Academic Leave of Absence during the 2020-2021 year must submit the required Application for an Academic Leave of Absence – Part I together with attachments to his/her Department Chair by November 15.

The Department Chair must submit the faculty Application for an Academic Leave of Absence – Part I with appendages together with recommendations on the Application for an Academic Leave of Absence – Part II to Amanda Sharpe (ESM 104) by December 15.

Talk to Your Colleagues:

The experience of taking a leave was important to several of your faculty colleagues during the previous academic year, and you are encouraged to consider conversations not only with your department chairs but also with any of the following people who were on leave for various portions of 2016-17, 2017-18, or 2018-19.  They have submitted reports of their leave activity, which clearly demonstrate that this was a significant opportunity for each of them. The Senior Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs is also available to have a discussion about your ideas and your proposed schedule for a leave.

2016-17

Natalya Antonova

Jonathan Baldo

William Marvin

Marie Rolf

James VanDemark

William Weinert

Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon

2017-18

Michael Anderson

Elena Bellina

Matthew Brown

Douglas Humpherys

Chien-Kwan Lin

Jan Opalach

Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez

Philip Silvey

Reinhild Steingrover

James Thompson

2018-19

Elena Bellina

Zachary Bernstein

Jeffrey Campbell

William Dobbins

Anthony Dean Griffey

Bradley Lubman

Elizabeth Marvin

Timothy Scheie

Neil Varon

 

Revised, October 2019


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