For Academic Years 2016-18

The purpose of the UW System Faculty Sabbatical Program is to provide in-depth study opportunities for faculty members. Sabbaticals offer opportunities for faculty in all disciplines to acquire and/or develop new knowledge in their fields and incorporate them into their classroom activities. Section 36.11(17) (c), Wis. Stats., describes the purposes for granting a sabbatical as follows:

(c)  Sabbatical leave shall be granted for the purposes of enhancing teaching, course and curriculum development or conducting research or any other scholarly activities related to instructional programs within the field of expertise of the faculty member taking such leave.

For Sabbaticals covering the years 2016-18, the Board of Regents issues the following guidance to UW institutions:

  • UW institutions should continue to give consideration to sabbatical projects that support the mission of the institution and faculty members’ research and teaching expertise.
  • The following areas of emphasis may help faculty to prepare sabbatical proposals that serve their own professional development as well as progress towards institutional and UW System strategic goals in the following areas:  Diversity and Inclusive Excellence; Interdisciplinary activities; The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL); Collaborative program activities; International education Curricular reform related to the UW System Shared Learning Goals pdf ; The Application of instructional technologies; and scholarship and research on economic and workforce development and technology transfer.


  • The Provost at each institution takes responsibility for ensuring that the guidelines are observed as part of the institutional approval process, while also supporting the efforts of faculty members to pursue and develop their individual areas of research and teaching expertise.
  • The Provost develops procedures by which it is determined that the goals and outcomes of the sabbatical leave were met.