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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 9, 2023.

Sabbatical Committee Members

Name Department Member Since
Andrew Rozema (Chair) Computer Information Systems 2017
Susan Davis  English 2021
Kevin Dobreff Music 2022
Jennifer Gable Nursing 2020
Kristi Haik STEM  
Robert Hendershot Social Sciences 2019
Maryann Lesert English 2017
Julie Parks Business & Industry  
Lisa Radak Health Sciences  
Heather Richards Social Sciences 2021
Matthew Schenk Visual Arts 2020
Lynnae Selberg Counseling 2014
Nate Spahn Applied Technology/Manufacturing 2022
Jason Vinson Liberal Arts  

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