ERIC Number: EJ904779
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Who Took the Sabbath out of Sabbatical?
Academe, v96 n5 p32-34 Sep-Oct 2010
The author was invited by his dean to offer some advice to colleagues about to head off on their sabbaticals. These colleagues were recently tenured faculty members. They had spent six years publishing, performing, directing, writing grants, and being reviewed by peers inside and outside the university in order to have the board of trustees grant them tenure. How did one make "productivity" the key word associated with a term--sabbatical--that expressly forbids productivity? As the author understands it, what "sabbatical" meant was that the land--one's productive capacity, one's brain, one's heart--should not be used or exercised in exactly the same way it had been for the previous six years. It needs to be refertilized. It will be more productive and life giving (and refereed journal article producing) if it is allowed a rest from its usual activities. The author believes, that the fight for the original idea of a sabbatical is, therefore, a fight for high-quality education, top-notch research, and along tradition of academic freedom. The author's plea to his striving colleagues is to be true to the origins of the word.
Descriptors: Sabbatical Leaves, Role, College Faculty, Tenure, Academic Freedom, Educational Quality, Educational Philosophy, Recreation, Productivity, Human Capital
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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