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Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program

This competitive award program, funded by the President and Provost, is intended to provide funding to assist tenured faculty in devoting an entire semester to foster their professional development through research, creative activity, instructional improvement, or retraining.

The Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program provides the faculty member with his/her full salary and fringes for one semester (either fall or spring). The faculty member's department will receive up to $20,000 to fund faculty instructional replacement costs. During the Leave, the recipient must devote the entire semester to the Leave and not teach any courses or participate in other KSU-related activities.

Application Deadline

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 11:59pm


Faculty member receives one semester of release time. Each department receives up to $20,000 for faculty replacement costs.


Faculty Enhancement Leave Uses and Limitations

  • Leaves are available for either fall or spring semester. They are not available during the summer because faculty are not under contract, though the summer may be used to extend the Leave experience in the narrative of the Leave proposal.
  • Accepting the Leave means that a faculty member will take a full leave from all KSU responsibilities during the entire semester. They will receive their regular salary and benefits during the Leave period.
  • Recipients can still receive compensation for part or full-time employment during their Leave as long as that employment is directly related to the goals and purpose of the Leave project (e.g., external funding such as a Fulbright, working in a lab, working at the office of a professional organization, working in an applied setting).
  • Leaves can not be used to accept a temporary teaching appointment at another university unless that appointment contributes directly to a project designed to expand the faculty member's skills (e.g., temporary appointment at a foreign university, Fulbright).
  • Funded Faculty Enhancement Leave Requirements
    The recipient is expected to:

  • take a full leave from all KSU responsibilities in either fall or spring;
  • submit a comprehensive final report to the CETL Executive Director no later than 6 months after the completion of the Leave that addresses the outcomes/products of the Leave with respect to enhanced teaching, research and/or creative activity, and/or professional service;
  • disseminate findings through refereed publications, presentations, workshops, and/or submission of a grant proposal. All publications and presentations must acknowledge the assistance of Kennesaw State University.
  • Proposals must focus on scholarship and/or faculty development projects that will enhance a faculty member's teaching, research and/or creative activity, or professional service. Appropriate activities might include: concentrated research and/or creative activity on a special project, either locally or through travel to another institution or location; working in an applied setting related to their professional training; or working in a substantial leadership position, that enhance the faculty member's skills and profile and that of the university, in a professional organization.
  • Recipients must agree to return to KSU for a minimum of one full academic year after the semester in which they take a Leave.
  • Eligibility

  • Applicants must be tenured at the time of their application
  • Applicants must be in at least their 7th year of full-time employment at KSU and have completed at least 6 consecutive years as a full-time faculty member at KSU at the time of the application.
  • Faculty are eligible to apply for a subsequent Leave in the 6th year after the completion of a previous Leave.
  • Selection and Application Process

    Review of Project Proposals
    The KSU Faculty Development and Awards Committee (FDAC) reviews applications and awards on a competitive basis.
    The following criteria guide the evaluation of proposals:

    • The extent to which the proposed Leave articulates specific measurable professional development outcomes/products related to teaching, research and/or creative activity, and/or professional service.
    • The extent to which the proposal clearly demonstrates how the Leave will ultimately contribute to departmental, college, and university mission and goals.
    • The extent to which the proposal includes an explicit action plan and timeline that delineates a realistic and achievable schedule of short-term goals during the leave as well as long-term activities and impact.
    • The extent to which the applicant has an established record of excellence in teaching, research and/or creative activity, and/or professional service. These criteria will be measured against the number of years of academic training and work experience presented in the applicant's CV.
    • The extent to which there are departmental and college support and resources to sustain resulting initiatives of the applicant after the Leave. Notification of Applicants

      Notification of funding decisions are sent to applicants approximately 4 weeks after the submission deadline. Upon notification of receiving the award, recipients must complete and submit a Letter of Understanding and complete the formal Leave leave request paperwork to the CETL Executive Director, who then forwards it to the Provost's Office.

      Electronic Proposal Submission Guidelines:
      A single electronic copy (PDF only) including the entire proposal and all supporting documentation described below must be submitted through the FDAC Application Portal. It will be the responsibility of the individual submitting the proposal to ascertain that the proposal materials are complete when submitted (all documents requested are included; no materials missing). The Faculty Development and Awards Committee (FDAC) will not consider late or incomplete applications.

      Submission Instructions:
      1. Simply enter your NetID and Password and the application will be visible.
      2. Complete the requested information. This information is to be completed by the person submitting the application.
      3. Using “Choose File,” select the file to be uploaded and then click :upload.” Remember that the entire application must be submitted as a single PDF file that includes all of the content below in the order that it is listed. Please name the single PDF file as follows for easy tracking: “your last name-your first name” name of fund.pdf.
      4. Click “Submit” and you are done.
      5. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of receipt within 24 hours. If you do not receive the confirmation e-mail, you should immediately follow up in case there was an “electronic glitch.” It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the proposal was received by the deadline.

    Application Documents