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Dear CAS Chairs and Directors,
This is in follow-up to Dean Sapiro’s prior messages about the University’s new Junior Scholar Leave policy.
In future years, applications for Junior Scholar Leave should be submitted on the same schedule as all other requests for academic leave or sabbatical — that is, in the Fall semester before the year in which the leave/sabbatical will be taken.
However, given that the announcement of the new Junior Scholar Leave took place just last week, eligible faculty considering a leave for the 2013-2014 academic year should submit their requests as rapidly as possible, and ideally no later than May 1, 2013.
The required documentation is identical to that for other forms of academic leave/sabbatical:
1. Academic Leave of Absence/Sabbatical Faculty Request Form (available at
2. A detailed description of proposed leave/sabbatical plans (one-two pages);
3. Academic Leave of Absence/Sabbatical Department Chair’s Evaluation (available at
4. CV, not more than three months old.
The Chair’s evaluation should address how the requested leave “is likely to strengthen the candidate’s overall application for tenure at Boston University,” in line with the policy on Junior Scholar Leave.
The full details of the Junior Scholar Leave are online in the BU Faculty Handbook:
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