Faculty Sabbaticals


Faculty sabbatical program, established under state statute, are leaves granted for the purpose of enhancing teaching, course and curriculum development or conducting research or any other scholarly activist related to instructional programs within the field of expertise of the faculty member taking such leave.


Individuals granted Sabbatical leave should consult with the Human Resources to become further acquainted with benefit options and responsibilities.  Listed are just a few of the terms and conditions from the UW-System Academic Planning Statement #3.3 that governs the sabbatical program.


Sabbatical Payment

  • Faculty members who take a one-semester sabbatical will be paid 100 percent of their salary.
  • Faculty members who take a full academic year sabbatical will be paid 65 percent of their salary.

Sabbatical Sick Leave – recording and accrual

  • Sick leave will be accrued at the rate as was in effect immediately before the sabbatical leave began. 
  • Sick leave will accumulate at the 65 percent appointment associated with the full academic year sabbatical, UW-L payroll personnel will review and update sick leave earnings as appropriate, twice during the academic year.

Returning to UW-L

Academic Planning Statement #3.3 states that a faculty member awarded a sabbatical agrees  to return to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for at least one academic year of service after the termination of the sabbatical, or repay any compensation (salary, plus the University's share of fringe benefits) received from UW-La Crosse during the sabbatical.


Information on UW-L sabbaticals is available in each individual college, and faculty development leave programs can be obtained from the Office of the Provost/Vice Chancellor.