Good afternoon,


As a reminder applications for Study Leave are due no later than next Monday, December 6 at 9 a.m.  Please make sure to use the online Study Leave Application to submit your request and upload all of your supporting documents, including the letter of support from your department chair.


Questions, please feel free to reach out to either Art or me.






Elizabeth P. Dean, MTA, CMP

Special Assistant to the Dean

College of Engineering and Computing

George Mason University

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From: Elizabeth Picard Dean
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Subject: CEC AY 22-23 Study Leave Application


Good afternoon,


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 College of Engineering and Computing.  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 ( Also, this particular announcement is not aimed at term instructional faculty. While the latest version of the Faculty Handbook (July 2021) now provides opportunities for study leaves for faculty on a term multi-year contract who have six years of service at Mason, we are still working on establishing appropriate CEC criteria for evaluating the applications. A separate call for applications for study leave for term instructional faculty for AY 22-23 will be issued early in the Spring 22 semester. 



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.

Application Process

The deadline for submitting applications is 9 a.m. on Monday, December 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.
December 6 is the correct deadline.)

Application packets should be submitted electronically
using online Study Leave Application. Note: you must be logged in using your Mason credentials to complete the Study Leave Application, emailed applications will not be accepted.


Application materials

Please complete the
online Study Leave Application and upload the following materials:

  1. Curriculum Vitae: The CV should include accomplishments in research, teaching, and service. (No page limit).
  2. Project Proposal: The proposal should include up to four pages (2,000 words) describing the objectives and products of the study leave. The proposal may include several types of activities such as research, book writing, course and courseware development.
  3. Study Leave Report (if applicable): Brief report on products and outcomes from previous study leave. (Maximum of 2 pages).
  4. Chair or Academic Division Director’s Letter of Support: This letter should explain the importance of the contributions of the applicant. It should also provide sufficient information about the applicant’s publication outlets (or other scholarly activity) so that reviewers outside the discipline can judge the relative importance of the publications or activity. (Maximum of 1 page).
  5. Institution Permission (if applicable): If the proposed study leave is to be spent in residence at another institution (university, government, or industry), a letter agreeing to the arrangement from an appropriate official of that institution should also be submitted. For a two semester leave at half pay, if the faculty member will be appointed to a salaried position while in residence at another institution, the amount of salary is limited to one half of the faculty member’s salary and the appointment must be to a non-tenured temporary position such as Visiting Scholar. For a one semester leave at full pay, no additional salary may be accepted. If it is not possible to obtain such a letter by December 6, please indicate this in your application, and submit such a letter when it becomes available. (Maximum of 1 page).

Review Criteria

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 (attached)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).

If you have any problems uploading your materials via
the online Study Leave Application, please contact Elizabeth Dean at [log in to unmask]. If you have any questions or need additional information regarding the study leave process, let me know.



Dr. Art Pyster

Associate Dean for Research and Professor

College of Engineering and Computing

George Mason University


Director for Strategic Integration

Fellow and Founders Award Recipient

International Council on Systems Engineering



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