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  • Paid Academic Leave

    Part-time assistant and part-time associate teaching professors with annual, multiyear, or grandparented status who have not received a paid academic leave during a six (6) year period prior to applying for a paid academic leave are eligible for paid academic leave. A paid academic leave is for one (1) semester. A maximum of 50 faculty members will be given paid academic leaves per academic year. Of these, not more than 50 percent will be granted to part-time assistant professors. Part-time lecturers (probationary or post-probationary status) are not eligible for Article XVIII paid academic leave. Part-time faculty members who have questions about this policy or any other leave of absence should email Lauren Tomlinson at tomlinsl@newschool.edu.

    Important Note Regarding Collective Bargaining (February 17, 2015)

    The collective bargaining agreement between the University and ACT-UAW, Local 7902, expired on August 31, 2014. The agreement has been extended through March 31, 2015, and the University and ACT-UAW are bargaining on the terms of the successor agreement. Therefore, the terms of paid academic leaves for part-time faculty during Academic Year 2015-2016 have not yet been finalized. Provided that the University and Local 7902 come to an agreement, through collective bargaining, that does not modify the terms of paid academic leaves, the information contained herein will remain accurate, and the University will follow the process outlined on this webpage, as outlined in the FAQ below, for Academic Year 2015-2016. All applications for paid academic leaves and the granting of paid academic leaves will be made based on the assumption that the terms of paid academic leaves for Academic Year 2015-2016 have not changed and will not change. Please note, however, that the terms are subject to bargaining and change.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the purpose of an Article XVIII paid academic leave?

    Paid academic leaves are provided so that eligible part-time faculty can pursue professional or academic research projects. Please see the important note regarding collective bargaining and paid academic leave that appears in the opening section of this webpage.

    How do part-time faculty members request an Article XVIII paid academic leave?

    To apply, an eligible part-time faculty member must complete an Article XVIII Paid Academic Leave Form (PDF) and submit the completed form to Lauren Tomlinson at tomlinsl@newschool.edu in Human Resources according to the timeline outlined in the FAQ question: When should part-time faculty members request an Article XVIII paid academic leave? Electronic submissions are preferable. Please see the important note on collective bargaining that appears in the opening section of this webpage regarding paid academic leaves.

    When should part-time faculty members request an Article XVIII paid academic leave?

    The deadline to apply for a paid academic leave for Academic Year 2015-2016 is March 15, 2015. Please see the important note on collective bargaining that appears in the opening section of this webpage regarding paid academic leaves.

    When/How will part-time faculty members who request an Article XVIII paid academic leave learn whether the leave has been granted or denied?

    The Office of Human Resources will send an email to the faculty member's New School email account informing the faculty member whether his/her request for leave has been granted or denied. Please see the important note on collective bargaining that appears in the opening section of this webpage regarding paid academic leaves.

    How does the university decide whether to deny or grant the Article XVIII paid academic leave request?

    Paid academic leaves are granted based on seniority and weighted by school. In a department/program of fewer than ten faculty members, one faculty member will be eligible for paid academic leave in any given semester. In a department/program of more than ten faculty members, no more than 10 percent of the faculty in the department/program will be eligible to receive a paid academic leave in any semester. Please see the important note on collective bargaining that appears in the opening section of this webpage regarding paid academic leaves.

    Do part-time faculty members maintain benefits while on an Article XVIII paid academic leave?

    Yes. If the faculty member elects not to discontinue his/her health and/or dental care insurance coverage while on leave, deductions for the employee's share of the premiums will continue to be taken from the faculty member's pay during the period of the leave. Please see the important note on collective bargaining that appears in the opening section of this webpage regarding paid academic leaves.

    Can part-time faculty members apply for a paid leave in the summer?

    Faculty members with summer base loads may apply for paid academic leave in the summer. The procedure to apply is the same as that described in the FAQ question: How do part-time faculty members request an XVIII paid academic leave? Please see the important note on collective bargaining that appears in the opening section of this webpage regarding paid academic leaves.

    What are a part-time faculty member's obligations upon return from an Article XVIII paid academic leave?

    Part-time faculty members must return to teaching at the university in the semester following the period of paid academic leave and submit a one-page report to the Office of Human Resources giving evidence of the academic work accomplished while on leave. A faculty member may be asked to give a more detailed presentation on his or her project at the discretion of the university. Please see the important note on collective bargaining that appears in the opening section of this webpage regarding paid academic leaves.

    What will a part-time faculty member's compensation be while he or she is on Article XVIII paid academic leave?

    The New School will pay a part-time faculty member on paid academic leave the same pay that the faculty received from the university in the same semester during the previous academic year plus any applicable across-the-board increase. Please see the important note on collective bargaining that appears in the opening section of this webpage regarding paid academic leaves.