Faculty Absence and Travel Policy

Faculty members who will be absent from campus for professional or personal reasons must submit a “Request for Absence Form” with the Director. The request should be made at least one week prior to the planned absence and is subject to the approval of the Director and the Dean. Arrangements for any classes to be missed during the absence must be addressed to the satisfaction of the Director before approval will be granted.

Attendance at professional meetings is encouraged for both TT and NTT faculty, and approved travel expenses incurred in attending such meetings will be reimbursed if approved prior to travel according to the University’s travel policies, and subject to the availability of School funds. In general, full-time faculty members of the School who do not have start-up funds are eligible to receive $750 per academic year from the School for travel to professional meetings and conferences.   

For TT faculty to be eligible for School travel funds in the form of $750 per academic year, they must meet the following three conditions: 1) they must have exhausted any start-up funds granted as part of their initial hire; 2) they must be presenting a paper at a panel or a roundtable; 3) they must also have applied for travel funds from either the URC or the UTC, as appropriate. 

For NTT faculty to be eligible for School travel funds in the form of $750 per academic year, they must also have applied for travel funds from the University Research Council or the University Teaching Council, as appropriate.