This overview of Paid Professional Leave is supplemental and not intended to conflict with the requirements of CBA Section 10.
Professional leaves are granted for the purpose of affording faculty members an opportunity to conduct research, improve teaching, and participate in other creative endeavors which enhance their contributions to the programs of Western Washington University. Approval of professional leave quarters does not include funding for travel proposed in the application. Funding for travel during the professional leave period is subject to established department and/or college policy related to professional travel.
A person must have:
- Served a minimum of six years at Western before a professional leave is taken, and
- Received tenure prior to submitting an application for professional leave.
The number of quarters that a faculty can apply for depends on their appointment percent, service quarters, and history of previous leaves. Eligibility for professional leave accumulates at the rate of one quarter of leave per two years of service at Western. A faculty member may not accumulate more than one academic year of eligibility for professional leave.
Faculty interested in applying for professional leave are encouraged to click here and request a quote of their eligibility.
|1||Professional Leave Applicant||Click here to request a quote of professional leave quarter eligibility|
|2||Professional Leave Applicant||Complete Professional Leave Application Form and submit to Department Chair. Submit all supplementary material to Department Chair in one additional PDF document.|
|3||October 15||Department Chair||Review Professional Leave Application Form, complete Appendix 9, and send application with supplementary material to College Dean/College Review Committee (CBA Section 10.5.5)|
|4||November 15||College Dean||Upload Professional Leave Application Form to P-Drive and send summary evaluation to University Professional Leave Committee|
|5||Provost Office||Calculate total number of available quarters of professional leave based upon RCW 28B.10.650 and confirm the individual eligibility of Professional Leave Applicant|
|6||University Professional Leave Committee||Evaluate Professional Leave Application Form based upon criteria established in CBA Section 10.6.1|
|7||University Professional Leave Committee||Issue recommendation to Provost|
|8||January 31||Provost||Send final decisions to Professional Leave Applicant, College, and Department (CBA Section 10.6.3)|
|9||February 15||Professional Leave Applicant||Complete Professional Leave Repayment Agreement and send to Provost|
|10||Professional Leave Applicant||Provide a written report to Department Chair, College Dean, and Provost within one quarter of completing planned professional leave (CBA Section 10.4.1)|
Professional leave applications and supplementary documentation must be submitted electronically following the instructions below:
- Complete the Professional Leave Application Form in Microsoft Word. Please do not embed PDF files within the Microsoft Word document.
- Submit any additional supporting documentation in PDF format, preferably as one file. Scanners may be found in many campus departments or computer labs. Scanning all of your supporting documents together will create one seamless PDF file.
- Click here to find a campus computer lab that includes Adobe Acrobat software for creating and merging PDF documents.
- Technical support and assistance is available from the ATUS Helpdesk (x3333)
Professional Leave Application Form (Microsoft Word)
Contact Austin Cooper (x3915) for general questions regarding the Professional Leave Application Process.
Contact the ATUS Help Desk (x3333) for technical issues related to the creation of PDF files.