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How to Maximize Your Sabbatical: From Application Through Completion
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How to Maximize Your Sabbatical: From Application Through Completion

When: 5/11/2015
2:00 - 3:00 PM EST
Where: Online Webinar

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How to Maximize Your Sabbatical: From Application Through Completion

Facilitator: Peggy Jones, MFA


While the word “sabbatical” is derived from “ceasing or a rest,” the reality of being on sabbatical could not be further from those derivations. Sabbaticals are (in many institutions) highly competitive and recipients are expected to use their time away from other academic duties and responsibilities to focus on their research agenda, with the resultant expectation of a tangible scholarly outcome. Unfortunately, competition can be very stress producing for many academics. While having “free time” can be wonderfully productive, it can sometimes cause anxiety or even paralyze productivity.

In this workshop, we will be exploring the above issues, and create positive ways to deal with:

  • Discovering what the sabbatical process is in your particular institution
  • Making your application most attractive and competitive
  • Planning on how to use the “free time” effectively and with the most benefit to both the applicant and the institution
  • Dealing with rejection if sabbatical isn’t approved

Peggy Jones, MFA, is an Associate Professor of Black Studies and soon to be Associate Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her most recent publication was six essays for the permanent painting collection catalog of the Sheldon Art Museum. She also has a book chapter in African American Women's Language: Discourse, Education and Identity. She found out she has an entrepreneurial mindset while "living” in academia, which explains so much! She and her boyfriend have two cats who keep them greatly entertained.


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