5 Recommendations for Completing the Flexible Sabbatical: Notes from the Field

Last summer, in an article published in Academic Leader ("The Flexible Sabbatical: An Alternative for Academic Administrators," July 2005), I summarized a policy newly adopted by my college to support academic administrators' pursuit of sabbatical time. I had initiated the policy at my institution because, although I was due for a sabbatical leave and held a newly signed book contract, I was faced with the reality that the limited infrastructure at my small private college could not support my extended absence. I began my flexible sabbatical just after graduation and completed it a year later. During that time, I was able to accomplish my scholarship goals and experience the rejuvenation for which sabbaticals are known. In this article, I recommend steps for those interested in pursuing this type of leave.

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