Professional Development Committee
A Faculty Development Program should be instituted in line with the policies of the institutions of our target peer group. After every six years of full-time service at this University, faculty should be eligible for either a semester's leave at full pay and benefits or two semester's leave at half pay and full benefits. Existing development funds should not be prohibited from being applied to supplement the half pay. Outside funding should be encouraged for this purpose. The half of the salary that is not paid to the faculty member should go into a pool to cover the cost of teaching courses that would ordinarily be taught by the faculty member. The faculty member should not be allowed to take full-time employment at another institution during this time, although consulting should be allowed. Faculty should be required to return to full-time employment at the University for at least a year after completing the program. All faculty should be encouraged to take advantage of the program. No more than 10% of a Department's faculty should be on leave at any given time (but allowances should be made for Departments with fewer than ten faculty members.) Advance proposals describing activities and expected benefits should be required. Departments should have procedures in their Bylaws for deciding on the acceptability of these proposals. Written reports should be required, describing activities carried out and benefits achieved. Faculty should also present to their Department, at a single-meeting seminar, the results of their participation in the program.We forwarded these results to the Research Council for their consideration, and we plan to issue a joint recommendation with them to the Senate during the next academic year.