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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 Thursday, March 11, 2021.

To access the Word version of the sabbatical application, please contact the Provost office at or (616) 234-3920.

Sabbatical Committee Members

Name Department Member Since
Andrew Rozema (Chair) Computer Information Systems 2017
Jennifer Gable Nursing 2020
Robert Hendershot Social Sciences 2019
Paul Hess Mathematics 2020
Tom Kaechele Spectrum Theater 2014
Maryann Lesert English 2017
Amy Mansfield Workforce Development 2017
Matthew Schenk Visual Arts 2020
Nan Schichtel Library 2015
Lynnae Selberg Counseling 2014
Keith St. Clair Social Sciences  
Mike Vargo Arts and Sciences 2015


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