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 AY 2020-2021 Request for Proposals and the Application Form are available for download for information purposes.  However, the request for proposals and application form for the AY 2022-2023 may be different.  Check back in Fall 2021 for the request for proposals and application form for the 2022-2023 academic year.