Faculty Development Leave

The University of Texas at Tyler


The Faculty Development Leave (FDL) Program provides release time to tenured faculty members to enhance their research and scholarship portfolio, develop national and international collaborations, and reinvigorate their academic career in support of teaching, research, service, or creative activity. The program is sponsored by the Office of Research, Scholarship, and Sponsored Programs in partnership with the Office of the Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost.

A limited number of awards in the form of release time are granted through a peer-reviewed, competitive process upon approval by the President, as provided in the Texas Education Code (Section 51.101 et. seq.).


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 the UT Tyler main campus or in the School of Health Professions at the Health Science Center campus 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 2024-2025 application period is open. The Request for Proposals and the Application Form is here for your information. The deadline to apply is March 25, 2024.