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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 2021-22 Sabbatical Applications is Friday, March 26, 2021.

To access the Word version of the sabbatical application, please contact Amy Kirkbride at or (616) 234-4230.

Sabbatical Committee Members

Name Department Member Since
Andrew Rozema (Chair) Computer Information Systems 2017
Tom Kaechele Spectrum Theater 2014
Robert Hendershot Social Sciences 2019
Luann Keizer Computer Information Systems  
Amy Mansfield Workforce Development 2017
Maryann Lesert English 2017
Nan Schichtel Library 2015
Lynnae Selberg Counseling 2014
Keith St. Clair Social Sciences  

Mike Vargo

Arts and Sciences 2015


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