A friendly reminder that Study Leave applications are due to me no later than Friday at 5 p.m. Detailed information is below.
Elizabeth P. Dean, MTA, CMP
Special Assistant to the Dean
Volgenau School of Engineering
On behalf of Art Pyster:
The purpose of study leave is to provide temporary leave for
the support of advancing scholarly research, teaching, and/or creative activity, including development of innovative teaching approaches and methods. Applications for study leave will
be handled entirely within the Volgenau School of Engineering. However, we will be following the requirements that were established by the Provost in prior years, and that are described below.
This announcement is NOT aimed at tenure-track faculty. Study leave for tenure-track faculty is handled by a different process, described in section 3.6.1 of Mason's Faculty Handbook (https://provost.gmu.edu/administration/policy).
Conditions of the Award
A faculty member who receives a study leave must agree to remain a full-time employee of the University for at least one academic year after the conclusion of the leave.
Study Leave Period
Leave may be taken for one semester at full pay or two semesters at half pay. The leave schedule must be approved by the department chair/academic division director and/or dean. Faculty are encouraged to take two semesters leave at half pay, but are urged to consult with Human Resources regarding possible fringe benefit implications. Leave may be taken during the Fall or Spring semester of the academic year following announcement of the award.
The deadline for submitting applications is 5pm on Friday, November 6. (You may find some outdated information on the Provost’s website or elsewhere that mentions other dates as the deadline. Please ignore such information. November 6 is the correct deadline.)
Application packets should be submitted electronically to Elizabeth Dean - [log in to unmask]) with the subject line:
Study Leave Application: <your name>
The specific requirements for the application are listed below.
The following items are mandatory in every application (please combine documents into one PDF file):
Study leaves will be scored based on the quality of the proposal (50% of the score) and a collective record of high quality past performance (50%). The evaluation criteria will guided by the VSE Promotion & Tenure Guidelines. Faculty must demonstrate that they are active in seeking external funding for their activities.
For research activities, the focus will be on publications, research funding, and mentoring of Ph.D. students. For teaching-related activities, see Appendix A of the Guidelines (on page 11). In particular, there must be evidence of teaching and learning impact beyond the classroom (e.g. publications and external funding).
A review committee of faculty will make recommendations to Ariela Sofer and me. We will make the final decisions.
Please let me know if you have any questions, or if you would like additional information.
Dr. Art Pyster
Associate Dean for Research and Professor
Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
Director for Strategic Integration
Fellow and Founders Award Recipient
International Council on Systems Engineering