Sabbatical Leave


A sabbatical leave of absence with compensation for a period of up to one year may be approved for tenured faculty members as determined by the appropriate dean, director, or vice president, and provost (USU Policy 365). The purpose of sabbatical leave is to provide tenured faculty members with an opportunity to renew, update, and broaden their teaching, research, and professional skills and knowledge, which will enhance their contributions to the university and their profession.


To be eligible for sabbatical leave, faculty members must be employed at the university with the rank of instructor or higher for six years and must be tenured before the proposed leave begins.

Application Procedures

Submission Deadline: February 14

For all sabbatical leaves requested for the following full academic year, the following full fiscal year or the following fall semester, the submission deadline is February 14.

Submission Deadline: July 1

For all sabbatical leaves requested for the following full calendar year or the following spring semester, the submission deadline is July 1.

Submission Deadline: Six Months Prior to Start Date of Leave

For all sabbatical leaves requested with other start dates or for a shorter duration than a semester, the submission deadline is six months prior to the start of the leave.

Faculty may apply for sabbatical leave through Curriculog by following the instructions below. 

  1. Log in to Curriculog using your A number and strong password.
  2. Click on the + New Proposal link in the top left corner.
  3. Scroll down and click the next page button to navigate to the 7.1 SABBATICAL LEAVE APPLICATION from the processes list. 
  4. Click the blue checkmark to the far right of the form name to start the proposal.
  5. Read and follow the instructions for each section and fill out all necessary fields on the form.
  6. Be sure to fill out all university-related travel, international travel, collaboration, and sponsored program questions that relates to your sabbatical. 
  7. Be sure to attach all necessary documents before submitting (proposal, CV, letters of invitation).
  8. Contact the Office of the Provost & Chief Academic Officer at (435) 797-1166 with any questions about this form.

Applications for sabbatical leave planned for the following full fiscal or academic year must be reviewed and approved by academic unit administrators by February 14. As such, faculty are encouraged to begin the process in Curriculog at least one week in advance. Applications for sabbatical leaves of shorter durations or with other begin dates must be submitted via Curriculog to the Office of the Provost & Chief Academic Officer at least six months prior to the beginning of the proposed leave.

For more information on sabbatical leave, please contact:

Janis L. Boettinger
Vice Provost
Phone: (435) 797-8176