Scholarship Course Release


The Office of the Provost seeks to provide greater support for faculty research, scholarship and creative activity.  In addition to three (3) one-semester sabbaticals available for the 2017-18 academic year, a limited number of Research/Scholarship Course Releases will be awarded.  


Projects must focus on any research, scholarship, or creative work that will lead to either publication or the submission of a major research grant proposal. 

Course development or other teaching-related projects, including the development of textbooks or casebooks, will not be supported by these programs

Faculty members granted awards must submit a concise final report to the Provost describing the substantive scholarly results of the project and the extent to which the award facilitated the successful execution of the funded project



  • Full-time faculty in tenure-track/tenured or practice-track/practice positions.
    • Eligible faculty may apply for both a sabbatical and a scholarship course release, but may only take one.
    • Course releases through this program will ordinarily not be awarded to the same applicant more frequently than once every three (3) years.


  • Visiting faculty, research faculty, part-time faculty, and administrators with teaching assignments are not eligible.  
  • Faculty on an approved sabbatical leave during the 2016-17 are not eligible for a course release for the following academic year.  
  • Faculty with a course release through a Research, Scholarship or Practice-based Grant are not eligible for this program. 

Application instructions

Application deadlines:

Submit applications as a single pdf to  

  • Applications are due September 19, 2016.
  • Notifications sent on November 4, 2016.
  • Final report due 30 days after the semester in which the course release was taken concludes.
    • Fall 2017:  January 15
    • Spring 2018:  June 15

Application Review Procedures:

Applications will be reviewed by the University Academic Resources Committee (UARC) and the Research Advocates, who will make a recommendation to the Provost. The Provost, in consultation with the appropriate Dean, will grant the course-release awards.

Contact Jessica Holt ( or x2796) with questions.