Why do college professors go on a sabbatical? What’s the purpose of the sabbatical? And does the college professor get paid while on sabbatical?

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Why do college professors go on a sabbatical? What’s the purpose of the sabbatical? And does the college professor get paid while on sabbatical?

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Sabbaticals are long term vacations. They are taken for various reasons. Sometimes it is to deal with physical or mental health issues, sometimes family issues, sometimes it is work on specific projects (research, writing a book, etc).

As to if they get paid and how much they get paid. That depends upon their work contracts. Most will still get some kind of salary when taking their earned sabbaticals, but if they take one early for some reason they may or may not get pay.

My work allows me to take a Sabbatical every milestone anniversary, (5 years, 10 years, 15 years, etc) its paid time off in addition to my standard vacation. They do this as retention and morale boost.

Professors take sabbaticals to have more focused time to do research/write, often traveling to someplace else to do that research. Maybe it’s an archeology professor going to Egypt to dig, maybe it’s a philosophy professor going to do research at some library in Rome, might be a chemist doing some intensive research without distraction of teaching and grading exams, might be a professor of any subject writing a book. They may also teach at a different school for a time just to get fresh perspectives, cross pollinate ideas, etc. My father-in-law was an English lit professor who did a number of sabbaticals, some in which he taught at other schools, some where he did research, and one where he mostly worked on his book.