Professional Leave

2016-2017 Professional Leave

From the AFT Seattle Agreement (5.10) "There shall be three types of professional leave for tenured faculty: Sabbatical Leave, Retraining Leave, and Return-to-Industry Leave. Tenured faculty having completed three or more years of full-time employment with the District [...] shall be eligible for Sabbatical" (See page 16 of the Agreement to learn more.)

The district will fund Professional Leave for faculty for 2016-2017.  The specific number of proposals that will be funded has not been finalized.   

Please click on the following link to review the application guidelines and access the online application: Professional Leave Application.

The completed application will be read by your unit administrator, College Vice President of Instruction, President, and the Professional Leave Committee composed of faculty and administrators. All proposals will be scored using the Professional Leave Application Scoring Form (See Application Guidelines for specific point distributions).  Rating points are for preliminary evaluation purposes only. Final committee recommendations to the Chancellor are made after committee discussions and final evaluations of the applications.

2016-2017 Professional Leave Application Deadline Schedule: (The online application will be posted shortly.)

  • December 4, 2015: Faculty Application Deadline (always the first Friday of December)
  • December 11, 2015: Deadline for Unit Administrator Action.
  • December 18, 2015: Deadline for Vice President for Instruction's Action.
  • January 8, 2016: Deadline for Presidential Action.
  • January 15, 2016: Chief Human Resources forwards proposals to PLC.
  • January 29, 2016: Committee scores returned to Chief Human Resources Officer.
  • February, 2016: Committee meets to review, discuss, and adjust scores, rank applications, and make recommendations to Chancellor.
  • February, 2016: Approved, ranked applications are forwarded to the District Business Office for Review.
  • February, 2016: Business Office forwards recommendations to Chief Human Resources Officer.
  • March 11, 2016: Chancellor notifies awardees.
  • March 25, 2016: Final Reports Due (for all faculty who received Professional Leave awards in 2015-2016).

Here are examples of successful Professional Leave applications:

Example 1 -  Example 2 - Example 3 - Example 4

To view professional leave reports

Please go to the District Document Center, and select browse to find Professional Leave reports by year.


2015-2016 Professional Leave Committee Members


Heidi Iverson, Faculty North(Chair)

2BE4128 - 934.4348

VACANT, Administrator North

Andrea Insley, Administrator Central
2BE1104 – 934.3889

Mary Jo White,
 Administrator South

4RS124 - 934.6400


Vacant, Faculty North

VacantFaculty Central 

Jake Ashcraft, Faculty South
4TEC125C - 934.6480

Daniel Cordas, Employee Services Liason

1DO100 - 934.4136