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According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the term Sabbatical originally referred to "a year of rest for the land observed every seventh year in ancient Judea." Its purpose was to let the land renew itself so it could be more productive in the future.

Could you use a period of reflection and renewal while exploring new ideas and opportunities which will reaffirm your passion for your discipline and contribute to the Mission of Grand Rapids Community College? Consider applying for a Sabbatical, the college's most prestigious scholarly professional development opportunity.

All full-time faculty members with at least six years of service are eligible to apply. Please refer to the links on the right for additional information. The "Application" link includes policy details and instructions on how to apply. The "Rubric" link gives you an insight on what the Committee is looking for in an application and the Sabbatical Awards Report includes post-sabbatical reporting examples.

Application Deadline

The due date for 2023-24 Sabbatical Applications is Thursday, March 14, 2024.

Sabbatical Committee Members

NameDepartmentMember Since
Andrew Rozema (Chair)Computer Information Systems2017
Susan Davis English2021
Kevin DobreffMusic2022
Jennifer GableNursing2020
Kristi HaikSTEM2022
Robert HendershotSocial Sciences2019
Jamie KlapDental2023
Maryann LesertEnglish2017
Cleamon MoorerBusiness & Industry2023
Lisa RadakHealth Sciences2022
Heather RichardsSocial Sciences2021
Matthew SchenkVisual Arts2020
Lynnae SelbergCounseling2014
Nate SpahnApplied Technology/Manufacturing2022
Jason VinsonLiberal Arts2022

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