Catholic University and the School of Arts and Sciences have a range of internal support structures and resources that are available to faculty. 


Regular faculty are eligible for parental leave, sabbatical leave, disability leave, and unpaid leave.

Parental Leave

Faculty can apply for a semester's relief from teaching with the arrival of a new child through the Provost's Office. Faculty can also apply for a temporary part-time adjustment of workload for reasons of caregiving (Faculty Handbook III-B-8).


Tenured faculty can apply for sabbatical through the Provost's Office every seven years. The deadline to apply for the next academic year is December 15th. If granted, sabbatical leave gives a year of teaching relief at half pay, or a semester of teaching relief at full pay.

Temporary Disability Sick Leave

Temporary Disability Sick Leave is governed by Faculty Handbook III-B-6, and can be applied for through the Provost's Office.

Unpaid Leave

Faculty can apply for up to two years of unpaid leave at a time, through the Provost's Office.

Internal Funding

The Dean's Office has four forms of internal funding support: small research grant support, interdisciplinary research fellowships, dean's office funding for collaborative ventures, 

Small Research Grant Support

All full-time regular faculty (tenured, probationary, contract) are eligible to apply for small research grant support through the Dean's Office. Deadlines are September 1, December 1, and March 1.

Interdisciplinary Research Fellowships

The dean's office funds faculty who are pursuing interdisciplinary projects through the Interdisciplinary Research Fellowship program. Applications are due in the early fall. Please contact Associate Dean Sandra Barrueco for more details.

Dean's Office Funding

Department chairs and full-time faculty can apply for Dean's Office funding for projects that would benefit students and/or faculty. Deadlines are September 15 and January 15.

Mid-Career Sabbaticals

The dean's office takes applications for a semester's mid-career sabbatical for tenured Associate faculty who have excelled in service and teaching and need a semester relief from teaching in order to advance a research project that will make them eligible to apply for promotion. Applications are due on October 15.