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Sabbatical Leave FAQs

1.      What are the steps involved in applying for a sabbatical leave?

An Intent to Apply form will be sent electronically to all faculty in the spring semester by the chair of the Sabbatical Leave Committee. The formal Application for Sabbatical Leave will be due during the subsequent fall semester – due dates will be announced and posted on the SLC website. 

2.      If I submit an Intent to Apply, am I committed to continue with the formal application process?

No, you can decide not to pursue the formal application process after submitting an Intent to Apply.  

3.      Can I apply in fall if I don’t fill out an Intent to Apply the previous spring semester? 


4.      What is the format of the Sabbatical Leave Application?

Please see the SLC website for the template, as well as, model applications.  

5.      Will I have an opportunity to revise my application once submitted?

Yes.  Once the SLC has read submitted applications, the Committee will meet individually with applicants and provide suggestions.  If needed, there are two revision cycles for applicants to make corrections and minor modifications (CCFF CBA, section 27.15.3).  

6.      Are there examples of past applications available for review?

Yes, please consult the Cerritos College Library or the SLC website. 

7.      What is the approval process? 

Once the SLC approves applications they are then forwarded to the Faculty Senate, to the Vice President and President, and then to the Board of Trustees.  This process begins in the fall and is completed at the end of the following spring.

8.      Who can I consult for assistance in preparing my application?

The SLC will host an application writing workshop for those who have filed an Intent to Apply.  

9.      What are the most common reasons a Sabbatical Leave Application is sent back for revision?

  1.      Clarity of sabbatical project
  2.      Objectives that are not aligned with the itinerary
  3.      Formatting issues
  4.      Grammar issues
  5.      Lack of proof reading


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