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Professional Development for Administrators

Research/Study Leave
A research/study leave may be granted for research or for an advanced education that is a direct requirement of the position. A research/study leave is a privilege of employment, not an entitlement. Only the President of the College may grant research/study leave at his or her discretion.

Administrators considering application for a research/study leave should first receive approval from their immediate supervisor and their Division Head. All approvals must be in place prior to making a financial commitment. Applications may be made at any time, but normally should be made at least three months prior to the beginning date of the requested leave. The President of the College will make the final decision on all research/study leave applications. Contact the Human Resources Office for additional information on this leave.

Administrators become eligible for a one-month research/study leave after every two continuous years of service and up to a maximum of six-months leave after six years of continuous service. Not more than five of the six months may be taken during the academic year. Regardless of how it is earned or used, no more than a total of six months leave may be taken in any six-year period of employment. If not used, this leave does not accumulate. Additionally, the College will not compensate an administrator for research/study leave time that is not used.

Salary and fringe benefits shall be continued intact during any period of research/study leave.


The Institutional Self-Renewal Grant
Gettysburg College strongly supports the continuous professional development of its administrators. In order to enhance their skills, knowledge, and effectiveness, administrators at all levels are encouraged to engage in activities which will provide for their individual growth and enhance their professional development. These activities may consist of reading; writing; research; participation in professional meetings, workshops, and seminars; or other related activities.

This program exists to help administrators develop new competencies or sponsor programs of benefit to themselves and the College. Proposals may be submitted to the Office of the Provost at any time during the year, although it is preferred that they be submitted on the published cycles. Guidelines are available from the Assistant Provost. The proposal should include a request for a specific amount of money and a full statement of the project and its goals including expected dates of initiation and completion. Proposals will be reviewed twice a year, once in each semester. Although an application may be made well in advance of the time of expected use of the funds, budget factors may warrant deferral of a final decision until a later reviewing date.

Proposals for the use of these funds may be submitted by individuals, administrative units, or other groups such as committees, interrelated departments, or associations newly formed to design a particular project. Each recipient is expected to submit a report to the Grants Committee describing how the grant was used and the results achieved within three months after the end of the period for which the grant was made.