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Call for Applications: Sesquicentennial Associateships 2021-2022

Sep 25, 2020

Due from Dept. Chairs by Friday, October 30, 2020

The Sesquicentennial application process takes place in the fall of the academic year preceding the academic year during which the Sesqui will be taken. Sesquis for the 2020-2021 academic year have already been awarded.

The following are eligible to apply for a 2021-2022 academic year Sesqui:

  1. Tenured faculty members who, when the Sesqui leave begins, will have completed ten full-time teaching semesters since their last Sesqui
  2. Tenure-track faculty members who are completing their fifth and sixth semesters of teaching at UVA during the 2020-2021 academic year and who have undergone a successful third year review, are eligible to take Sesqui leave during their fourth year (known as 4th-Year Associates)

COVID NOTE: Due to the tenure clock stoppage granted due to the pandemic, no tenure track faculty member is required to undergo a third year review in 2020-21. However, to be eligible for the fourth year leave in 2021-22, they must elect to proceed with a third year review in 2020-21. Choosing to do so will not waive the one-year tenure clock stoppage from COVID, which will remain in effect regardless.

PRIVILEGES

Sesqui Associates will be assigned to full-time research at full pay for one semester or half-time research at half pay for an academic year. In the latter case, the Buckner W. Clay Dean of Arts and Sciences will monitor the acceptability of any other partial salaries or stipends received by the associate. The site at which the research is to be carried out should be specified in the application, and any subsequent changes of site should have the approval of the dean.

SELECTION PROCESS

The Associate Dean for the Arts & Humanities, the Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, and the Associate Dean for the Sciences will oversee the selection of Sesquicentennial Associates. This process will take the following into account:

  • Presence of an active and successful research program since the previous Sesqui
  • Candidate's fulfillment of goals stated in the previous Sesqui application
  • Chair's ranking and recommendation 
  • Number of non-Sesqui leaves taken since candidate's previous Sesqui
  • Curricular needs of the department

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE SESQUI ASSOCIATE

Letter of Intent

After receiving an award letter, the Sesqui Associate will be responsible for completing a form stating the dates of when and how they intend to take the leave, securing signatures from the department, and sending to the Dean's Office. If at any time the agreed-upon leave dates change, the associate must contact the department and Dean's Office.

Returning to the University of Virginia

Any faculty member who accepts a Sesqui will be expected to return to full-time work at the University of Virginia for at least two semesters at the completion of the Sesqui leave. Should a faculty member fail to return for a full year, he/she will be liable to repay the salary and benefits paid by the College during the Sesqui leave.

Final Report

All 2021-2022 Sesqui Associates must submit a final report by Friday, September 23, 2022. The call for reports will occur in August 2022 but they may submit a report at any time upon the completion of their term.

If an associate fails to submit this report, the following will happen:

  • He/she will be liable to repay the salary and benefits paid by the College during the Sesqui leave.
  • It will prejudice the next Sesqui application submitted by the candidate.

HOW TO APPLY

Part One: Applicant's Responsibility

Applicant will submit the following in one document to their department chair by the deadline set by the chair.

Please name the report/file: Lastname_sesquiapp_21-22

Tenured Faculty

  1. Narrative statement of work completed since last Sesqui and research plans (not to exceed 1500 words).​
    • Please make sure that all applications are accessible to people outside the discipline.
    • Include a page header of your name, title, and department.
  2. Semester(s)/year of last Sesqui
  3. List of courses taught in each semester since the last Sesqui
  4. List of non-Sesqui leaves since last Sesqui
  5. Report from the last Sesqui with a brief description of the outcome of work; can be the same as the report you submitted at the conclusion of your last Sesqui
  6. Copies of the last two annual reports
  7. Curriculum Vitae

Tenure Track Faculty

  1. Narrative statement of work completed since arrival at University of Virginia and research plans (not to exceed 1500 words).
    • Please make sure that all applications are accessible to people outside the discipline.
    • Include a page header of your name, title, and department.
  2. List of courses taught in each semester since arrival at University of Virginia
  3. List of non-Sesqui leaves since arrival at University of Virginia
  4. Copies of the last two annual reports
  5. Curriculum Vitae

Part Two: Department Chair's Responsibility

By Friday, October 30, 2020, the department chair will submit a letter and the department's applications as PDFs (no Word documents) to the Dean’s Office using the upload options below.

The chair's letter should include the following:

  • Rank of applications in priority order and with an evaluative paragraph on each one
  • Evaluations of the outcome of work undertaken on each applicant’s last Sesqui, and the evidence of an active research program since the last Sesqui

NOTE: When recommending how leaves should be sequenced, chairs should consider the impact of these leaves on the department’s teaching mission.