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Faculty Development Leave

The University of Texas at Tyler


The Faculty Development Leave (FDL) Program provides UT Tyler faculty members with opportunities to enhance their research and scholarship portfolio, develop national and international collaborations, and reinvigorate their academic career in support of student success and the strategic plan of the university.  The FDL Program provides a limited number of awards through a peer-reviewed, competitive process administered by the Office of Research and Scholarship (ORS). 

Awards in the form of release time are granted to tenured faculty upon approval by the President, as provided in the Texas Education Code (Section 51.101 et. seq.).  The overriding principle upon which proposals are evaluated is the potential for the applicant to achieve a degree of professional excellence surpassing the normal responsibilities of a faculty member if awarded FDL.


Full-time faculty may submit proposals for FDL if they meet the following eligibility qualifications.

  • Applicant must have served as a full-time faculty member at UT Tyler for at least six consecutive academic years by the time that FDL begins;
  • Applicant must have earned (or, for assistant professors, will have earned) tenure at UT Tyler by the time FDL begins; and
  • Applicant must not have taken any other development leave within the University of Texas System during the prior six years of full-time service.

Faculty members who are awarded FDL must agree to continue employment with UT Tyler for at least one academic year upon return or must return all salary and benefits provided by the university for the FDL.

Application and Deadline

The Request for Proposals and the Applicatiion Form are under review at this time.  Once they are approved, they will be available for download from this webpage.  Applicants are responsible for securing approval of their department chair/school director and college dean as part of the FDL application.

Completed applications and required attachments must be emailed as a SINGLE PDF file to research@uttyler.edu. Applications for the academic year 2020-2021 are due on or before January 31, 2020.  FDL granted for the 2020-2021 academic year can begin with the fall 2020 semester.

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