A sabbatical leave is "to provide a leave of absence with pay for purposes of intensive study or research which has as its outcome increasing the quality of the individual's future contribution to the University. A sabbatical is a privilege which may be granted to an individual who has demonstrated by publication, teaching, exhibition or performance an above average ability in scholarship, research, or other creative accomplishment."


CoED Sabbatical Leave Guidelines

Am I Eligible for a Sabbatical Leave? Is a web based form to assist faculty to unofficially determine if they are eligible for a sabbatical leave.  There are many factors that could affect eligibility that may not be included on this form.  To confirm eligibility, please contact the Office of the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs.

Penn State News July 30, 2021


Employees wishing to travel internationally must register their University-affiliated travel with the Travel Safety Network at least 30 days in advance or as soon as possible once travel is planned. All employees wishing to travel should first review the list of restricted countries, which includes countries restricted for security and regulatory reasons and also countries with a CDC Level 4 or Unknown COVID-19 Travel Health Notice. This list will be reviewed periodically and is subject to change. Additional forms, review and approval are required for travel to restricted countries.


Employees must receive approval for travel to restricted countries prior to purchasing airline tickets, hotel accommodations, etc. Travelers should arrange any necessary air travel through Anthony Travel, Penn State’s preferred travel agency, unless not possible to do so.



Employees planning travel for sabbatical to international destinations are encouraged to purchase additional insurance coverage for their travel. This travel is not covered by the University's plan. If you wish to obtain international health insurance coverage from UHCG for your personal travel, please email [email protected] with your name, travel dates, destinations, and school affiliation. Once received, a UHCG Product Specialist will be in contact within 24 hours Monday-Friday.


International Insurance for University-affiliated Travel

Sabbatical Application Review Timeline

On or before . . .



Early - Mid July 2023

Department heads and tenured faculty are notified updated sabbatical  guidelines are available and the application period begins.



The Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA) works with department heads and Dean to form the College Sabbatical Review Committee.


July 19, 2023

OFA holds office hours (via Zoom, 1-2pm) for faculty who are considering applying for sabbatical leaves in the 2023 review cycle.


July 28, 2023

Department heads send lists of faculty members interested in sabbatical leaves to OFA to confirm eligibility.


August 1, 2023

OFA holds office hours (via Zoom, 10-11am) for faculty working on sabbatical applications.


August- September 2023

Sabbatical applications are due to department heads for review. (Department heads will set their own deadlines.)


September 20, 2023

Department heads complete reviews and recommendations. Complete applications (with all required supplemental documents) with DH recommendations are submitted to the College Committee via the OFA.


October 9, 2023

College Committee completes review and recommendations. Applications with DH and Committee recommendations are submitted to the Dean for review.


October 23, 2023

The Dean completes reviews and provides recommendations for all sabbatical applications. 


October 30, 2023

OFA finalizes application packets to submit to Old Main.


November 1, 2023

Sabbatical applications with positive recommendations are submitted to the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs.



Decisions from the University are expected, dependent upon the number of applications in any given year. Applicants will be notified by the Dean.