Section 10 of the faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) provides the following information about faculty professional leave:
Professional leave is granted for the purpose of affording faculty members an opportunity to carry forward research, to improve teaching techniques or methods, or to participate in other creative endeavors which by their nature and scope enable individuals to enhance their contributions to the programs of the University
The application itself, along with an explanation of the application process, is provided here: https://wp.wwu.edu/aba/professional-leave/
Faculty should consult their department chairs regarding department submission deadlines. Department chairs, then, will route completed applications to college deans by October 15, and college deans, in turn, will route completed applications to the Provost by November 15. Faculty applicants will be notified about final award decisions by January 31, 2020.
Questions about the faculty professional leave process may be directed to Austin Cooper, Faculty Relations Manager at x3915.