Professional Development


Professional development is an essential component of institutions of higher education, as they continue to evolve to serve students more effectively. The sabbatical leave provides seasoned faculty the opportunity to advance or modify their skill sets in order to serve the college in a greater capacity. For each academic year, either one year-long sabbatical or two semester-long sabbaticals shall be granted. Any full-time (contract) faculty member, who has completed at least six consecutive years of regular service, may apply for a sabbatical leave.

For further information about application procedures and guidelines, please review the Merritt College Sabbatical Handbook 2021-2022 and attend the orientation (see timeline below).

Applications are due on Friday, November 20, 2020.


Application Process Timeline

Orientation Workshop Flex Day, October 20, 2020
Application Submission Deadline   November 20, 2020
Application Review December 11, 2020
Notification of Candidates December 15, 2020
Recommendations to President December 15, 2020
Recommendations to Chancellor TBA
Recommendations to Board of Trustees TBA


See previously awarded sabbatical proposals:

2015 Isela Santana

2015 Siri Brown