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Sabbatical

Posted by prof e on September 9, 2009

If you’ve been following my blog for any time you have realized that I have not returned from the summer break this year. The reason is that I’m on sabbatical for the fall 2009 semester. I may still make an occasional post this fall, but my normal posting schedule will not resume until January of 2010. In the mean time I’m working on a couple of TV documentary projects and research for a book chapter. The idea of a sabbatical is to give faculty extended time outside of the classroom for travel, research, and applied scholarship. The word comes from the notion of a sabbath, or day of rest, and has been a tradition in higher ed from the earliest times. As the word suggests, faculty become eligible to apply for a sabbatical after teaching for seven years. Faculty on sabbatical are not simply given time off. They must apply with a plan for the semester or year away, and the outcome must be presented to a review committee after they return. The goal is to give the faculty member new experiences and expertise from which to draw when they return to the classroom. So far, my field work has given me plenty of new experiences and I look forward to sharing them with students when I return in January.

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