UT Tyler

Faculty Development Leave

The University of Texas at Tyler

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The purpose of the Faculty Development Leave (FDL) is to provide UT Tyler faculty opportunities to enhance their research and scholarship portfolio, explore new ideas, develop national and international collaborations, and reinvigorate their research. FDL provides release time to tenured faculty in all disciplines via a limited number of awards through a peer-reviewed, merit-based process. Proposals will be evaluated for the potential for achievement of excellence beyond the normal responsibilities of a faculty member; this often entails time spent at a different institution of higher learning. Funding will be provided to the awardee’s academic unit to help offset the cost of hiring temporary instructors to fulfill the teaching needs.


1. Full-time faculty members who have served at least 6 consecutive academic years in a tenured or a tenure-track position at UT Tyler at the time the application is submitted. Leaves of absence and tenure clock extensions must be excluded in calculating years of full-time service.

2. Earned tenure at UT Tyler by the time the leave commences.

3. Has not taken any development leave during the prior 6 years of service within The University of Texas System.

4. Preference will be given to applicants who will undertake collaborative research at a different university/institution of higher learning.

Application format and deadline

Applications must include the cover page, a narrative of proposed activities, and deliverables limited to five single-spaced pages (12-point font), including tables and figures, but excluding references. The applicant must provide justification for how FDL will contribute to UT Tyler’s mission and the applicant’s professional development. A current CV and supporting documents (cooperative agreements, invitations, grant funding, etc.), must be attached to the application. Completed applications, after approval by the Chair and Dean, must be emailed by the Dean as a SINGLE PDF file to srini@uttyler.edu. Applications for academic year 2019-2020 are due on or before January 31, 2019. The earliest the leave can be granted is Fall semester, 2019.

Leave period and conditions

FDL is granted under the following conditions:

1. A leave period of one semester (Fall or Spring) at full regular salary. The total compensation received by the applicant from all sources cannot exceed the full regular salary. Employee benefits and required withholdings will continue.

2. A leave period of one academic year (cannot cross academic years) at one half of the regular salary. The faculty will be assigned a 50%-time appointment at his or her academic salary rate for Fall and Spring semesters. Employee benefits and required withholdings may be reduced during the leave period. To minimize negative consequences of the temporary 50%-time appointment, the university will continue to provide health benefits under policies in effect at the time of FDL. Faculty are strongly encouraged to consult with the Office of Human Resources before making a final decision.

3. Fellowships, scholarships, or grants-in-aid to cover specific expenses such as travel, administrative assistance, research materials, or publications are allowed. Such funds must be disclosed on the application form. Compensated activity may not unduly interfere with the objective of the FDL.

4. FDL awardees will 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.

Review procedures

FDL applications are reviewed by the department Chair, followed by the Dean who forwards it to the Director, Office of Research and Scholarship. The Research Council will review the application based on review criteria (below) and forward its recommendation to the Provost and ultimately to the President, who will make the final decision.

Review criteria

Applications for FDL will be reviewed and ranked based on (1) the importance of the proposed activities in the context of the applicant’s career trajectory, (2) expected contribution to the university, (3)  probability that the FDL will enable the applicant to incorporate novel ideas or approaches in their research and scholarship, (4) track record of the applicant and prospects for successful completion of proposed activity during the FDL or soon thereafter and (5) potential for future funding. Preference will be given to applicants who will undertake the FDL at another university, research laboratory, or an institute for advanced study.

Final Report

Upon completion of FDL, the awardees are required to submit a detailed report (5 pages maximum; single-spaced) to include the activities, accomplishments, deliverables, and future plans. Copies must be provided to the Chair, Dean, and the Office of Research and Scholarship no later than ninety days after the end of FDL. Awardees are expected to make a TED-type presentation to their colleagues at the Annual Faculty Research Day and/or the Celebration of Scholarship event.

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