A handful of CSU faculty members take sabbaticals each year in
order to increase professional growth.
Currently, there are 45 CSU professors on sabbatical leave. This
works out to be 4.7 percent of the eligible faculty.
Those on sabbatical leave receive either half of their base
salary or their full salary, depending on how long they will be on
leave. Sabbaticals may be taken for either one or two
Sue Ellen Charlton, a professor in the political science
department, recently traveled to Japan on sabbatical and was there
from late August to mid-December 2002.
“I wanted to know more about Japanese young people (college age)
and find out what they think about their country, world affairs and
so on,” Charlton said in an e-mail interview. “I also planned on
doing some research for a book I was working on.”
Charlton taught at Kansai Gaidi University and conducted
Charlton said it was a very positive experience and that she
loved the classes she taught.
“I was very busy, but still had more freedom and more time than
when I am teaching at CSU,” Charlton said.
Teri Torres, an administration assistant in the provost/academic
vice president’s office, said faculty members can apply for
sabbaticals as long as the work they will conduct while away will
coincide positively with their department.
One path that faculty members may take is to apply for the
Fulbright Program. Normally, CSU has two or three Fulbright
recipients a year. This program pays for transportation, living
expenses and in some cases, a stipend.
Charlton has been a Fulbright recipient in the past, but she was
not one for this trip.
The Fulbright Program is a two-way program, and CSU has had 175
thousand scholars come to its campus.
“Fulbright recipients who come here, as well as those who go
abroad, enrich our students internationally,” said Martha Denney,
director of international education for the Office of International
When applying for the Fulbright Program, an applicant is working
a year in advance. For example, someone who applies by August this
year will be applying for the year after next.
The Fulbright Program is also available to students and recent
“It’s an outstanding program and I would like to see more CSU
faculty apply,” Denney said.
Once a faculty member has completed a sabbatical leave, they are
required to submit a report, which becomes a public record.