Section 7.0 Professional Development
Subdivision 7.01 Definition
A Professional Development Assignment is a paid semester or academic
year assignment awarded to a Faculty Member to undertake approved programs
of study, research, or other professional activity.
Subdivision 7.02 Compensation
A Professional Development Assignment is awarded for one semester at
regular salary or for an academic year at fifty percent (50%) of regular
Insurance and retirement benefits are maintained during the period
of a Professional Development Assignment.
The Board may place limits on compensation received for professional
services performed during the period of a Professional Development
Subdivision 7.03 Eligibility
Tenured Faculty Members are eligible to apply for a Professional Development
A recipient of a Professional Development Assignment is ineligible
for a subsequent assignment during the three (3) years following an
Subdivision 7.04 Service or Financial
The recipient of a Professional Development Assignment agrees to return
to full-time employment for one academic year following the year of
Failure to meet the conditions of Paragraph 7.041 obligates the Faculty
Member to pay the University an amount equal to all salaries and benefits
received during the period of the assignment. If the Faculty Member
returns for part of the requisite period the payback shall be adjusted
Every Faculty Member while on Professional Development Assignment
shall be considered to be in regular full-time employment in the position
from which the assignment is being taken during the period of said
assignment, for the purpose of determining the Faculty Member's length
Subdivision 7.05 Procedure
A request for a Professional Development Assignment must be submitted
no later than October 1 preceding the academic year in which the proposed
assignment will be taken.
A recipient must follow the program proposed in the Professional Development
Assignment application unless a variance is approved by the Professional
Development Assignment Committee, subject to concurrence by the Vice
President and Provost.
Evaluation of applications for Professional Development Assignments
will be carried out by a faculty committee chaired by the Vice President
and Provost or her/his designee without vote. Recommendations of the
committee will be subject to approval by the President and the Board.
Recommendations for awards shall be sent to United Faculty when they
are sent to the President.
Subdivision 7.06 Availability
Any Professional Development Assignment granted to untenured faculty
pursuant to any special program of the Board shall not operate to diminish
the number of Professional Development Assignments made available to
Section 7.1 Sick Leave
Subdivision 7.11 Definition
Sick leave is leave with regular pay granted for personal injury or
illness (including pregnancy). A Faculty Member may use sick leave,
not to exceed five (5) days per academic year, for serious illness involving
necessary care and attention for the Faculty Member's spouse, minor
child, domestic partner, parent, or adoption of child. For purposes
of this subdivision, the term domestic partner shall be as defined by
Board of Regents, State of Iowa, policies at the University of Iowa
(October 1992) and applicable procedures for qualification shall be
as provided in said policy.
Subdivision 7.12 Record
The Board will maintain a record of accumulated sick leave for each
member of the unit and each Faculty Member shall annually be informed
of the amount accumulated.
Subdivision 7.13 Accrual
On the first (1st) day of each semester, nine (9) days will be added
to the accumulated sick leave of each member of the unit holding a
full-time appointment. Fractional credit, to the nearest day, will
be credited to each member on a fractional appointment. If the Faculty
Member's first (1st) working day is earlier than the regular first
(1st) working day of the semester, the nine (9) days will be credited
on such first (1st) working day.
The maximum accumulated sick leave credit shall be one hundred twenty
(120) days. Sick leave shall not accrue during an unpaid leave of
Subdivision 7.14 Deductions
A Faculty Member is on sick leave on any day on which she/he misses
classes or other University obligations, or is absent from campus for
half or more of a day due to injury, illness, or medical appointments.
A Faculty Member's sick leave account will be charged a maximum of five
(5) days in any given week.
Subdivision 7.15 Leave Request
A Faculty Member who proposes to take or takes sick leave must file
an official Faculty Absence Request form in time sufficient to permit
accommodation to her/his responsibilities whenever possible.
The Board may request medical proof if absences are excessive or of
Subdivision 7.16 Eligibility
Sick leave pay will not be made to a member of the faculty during
an academic period in which the Faculty Member does not hold a paid
When a Faculty Member is on sick leave at the commencement of a new
semester the sick leave accrual shall not take place unless and until
the Faculty Member returns to regular duties.
Subdivision 7.17 Lay Off - Recall
When a Faculty Member is laid off any unused accumulated sick leave
shall be restored provided that the Faculty Member is returned to active
service by the University in accordance with Article Five (Staff Reduction).
Subdivision 7.18 Compensation
Compensation during sick leave will be equal to regular compensation
less the amount the Faculty Member receives from disability benefits
and/or Workers' Compensation.
Section 7.2 Sick Leave Payout
Subdivision 7.21 Cash Payment Option
Effective July 1, 1981, upon retirement, a Faculty Member shall receive
cash payment for accumulated unused sick leave in accordance with Chapter
70A.23 of the Code of Iowa (1993) as amended by Chapter 2.42 of the
Iowa Acts (1979) as in effect as of February 27, 1981, payable during
the pay period preceding the Faculty Member's retirement date.
Subdivision 7.22 Premium Payment Option
Effective July 1, 1981, if a Faculty Member so chooses, payment will
be made for monthly premiums for health or life insurance or both in
lieu of cash payment in accordance with Chapter 79.23 of the Code of
Iowa (1979) as amended by Chapter 2.42 of the Iowa Acts (1979) as in
effect as of February 27, 1981, so that the coverage provided is continuous.
Section 7.3 Jury Leave
Subdivision 7.31 Continued Earnings
A Faculty Member who is called for jury service shall be permitted to
be absent from her/his duties without loss of pay and without charge
against any leave.
Subdivision 7.32 Jury Service Pay
Pay received for jury service shall be reported and remitted to the
University, less any travel or personal expense reimbursed for the jury
Subdivision 7.33 Absence Request
To receive pay under this Section, the Faculty Member must complete
an official Faculty Absence Request form and may be required to furnish
satisfactory evidence that such service was performed on the days for
which payment is claimed.
Subdivision 7.34 Return
A Faculty Member not required to perform jury duty all day shall return
Section 7.4 Educational, Conference,
Research, and Bereavement Leaves
Subdivision 7.41 Short-term Leaves
The University may grant paid, short-term leaves for Faculty Members
to be absent from campus duties for educational and research purposes,
conferences, and other professional activities. Short-term leaves
are normally for periods of a week or less, though they may be longer
at the discretion of the University.
The University may grant short-term paid bereavement leaves.
Leaves for purposes of consulting or for professional activities,
for which remuneration is received, may average no more than one (1)
day per week during an academic term.
Subdivision 7.42 Long-term Leaves
The University may grant paid or unpaid leaves of up to one (1) calendar
year to carry out research and/or educational activities supported under
grants, contracts, fellowships, or University research awards. The University,
at its discretion, may renew such a leave.
Subdivision 7.43 Summer Research Fellowships
For the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 appointment years, the Board agrees
to allocate not less than one hundred thirty five thousand, two hundred
dollars ($135,200) each year as stipends for summer research fellowships.
Summer research fellowships shall be either full-time (eight weeks)
or half-time (four weeks). Full-time summer research fellowships shall
carry a stipend of at least five thousand two hundred dollars ($5,200)
for the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 appointment years. The stipend for
fellowships of a shorter duration shall be prorated.
Subdivision 7.44 Military Leave
Military leave is granted in accord with Section 29A.28 of the Code
Military leave shall be without pay except as otherwise provided by
the laws of the state of Iowa.
Subdivision 7.45 Public Office Leave
Faculty Members elected or appointed to a full-time public office shall
be granted an unpaid leave of absence for a maximum of four (4) years.
Subdivision 7.46 Terminal Degree Leave
Any tenured Faculty Member who lacks a terminal degree or equivalent
in his or her current area of teaching and research specialization may
be granted, upon request, a year's leave without pay for the purpose
of working toward that degree. Such leave of absence may be renewable
for a second (2nd) year, if necessary, for the completion of the degree.
Subdivision 7.47 Professional or Personal Leaves
Faculty Members may be granted paid or unpaid leaves of absence for
professional or personal reasons with the consent of the Board.
Subdivision 7.48 Child Care Leave
A Faculty Member shall be granted an unpaid leave of absence, for a
period not to exceed one semester, when a Faculty Member becomes a parent
through childbirth or adoption of a child of less than 13 years of age.
The University shall not be obligated to grant the leave to more than
one parent, if both parents are employed by the University. To be eligible
for this leave, a Faculty Member must provide 60 calendar days of written
notice whenever practicable.
Section 7.5 Absence Request Form
Subdivision 7.51 Approval
All absences covered under this Article require the approvals set forth
on an official Faculty Absence Request form which must be completed
in its entirety, except in emergencies, unusual circumstances, or as
otherwise provided in this Article, at least five (5) class days prior
to the absence.
Subdivision 7.52 Reimbursements
Reimbursement of expenses under this Article is contingent upon the
timely filing of an Absence Request form and approval of expenses.
Section 7.6 Travel and Related Expenses
During the 2001-2002 year, the Board agrees to allocate no less than
the sum of two hundred ninety thousand dollars ($290,000) for faculty
travel. During the 2002-2003 year, the Board agrees to allocate no less
than the sum of three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000) for faculty
Section 7.7 Fringe Benefits During
Any Faculty Member on paid leave shall receive regular fringe benefits.
Any Faculty Member on unpaid leave shall have the option of making contributions
sufficient to maintain full and continuous coverage on any or all fringe
benefits during the time of the leave, subject to regulations set by
Section 7.8 Retraining Leave
A retraining leave is a one- (1-) year leave without compensation which
shall be granted, upon request, to a Faculty Member who has received
notice of layoff, to assist the Faculty Member to undertake a program
of study to enable the Faculty Member to qualify for recall rights pursuant
to Article Five (Staff Reduction) to this Agreement.