Section 7.0 Professional Development Assignment
Subdivision 7.01 Definition
A Professional Development Assignment is a paid semester or academic year assignment awarded to a
Faculty Member to undertake approved programs of study, research, or other professional activity.
Subdivision 7.02 Compensation
A Professional Development Assignment is awarded for one semester at regular salary or for an academic
year at fifty percent (50%) of regular salary.
Insurance and retirement benefits are maintained during the period of a Professional Development
The Board may place limits on compensation received for professional services performed during
the period of a Professional Development Assignment.
Subdivision 7.03 Eligibility
Tenured Faculty Members are eligible to apply for a Professional Development Assignment.
Probationary faculty after a successful third-year review are eligible to apply for professional
development assignments. Priority shall be given to tenured faculty.
A recipient of a Professional Development Assignment is ineligible for a subsequent assignment
during the three (3) years of active service following an award.
Subdivision 7.04 Service or Financial Obligation
The recipient of a Professional Development Assignment agrees to return to full-time employment
for a period twice as long as the assignment following the year of the award.
Failure to meet the conditions of Paragraph 7.041 obligates the Faculty Member to pay the
University an amount equal to all salaries and benefits received during the period of the
assignment. If the Faculty Member returns for part of the requisite period the payback shall be
adjusted pro rata.
Every Faculty Member while on Professional Development Assignment shall be considered to be
in regular full-time employment in the position from which the assignment is being taken during
the period of said assignment, for the purpose of determining the Faculty Member’s length of
Subdivision 7.05 Procedure
A request for a Professional Development Assignment must be submitted no later than October 1
preceding the academic year in which the proposed assignment will be taken.
A recipient must follow the program proposed in the Professional Development Assignment
application unless a variance is approved by the Professional Development Assignment
Committee, subject to concurrence by the Executive Vice President and Provost.
Evaluation of applications for Professional Development Assignments will be carried out by a
faculty committee chaired by the Executive Vice President and Provost or her/his designee without
vote. Recommendations of the committee will be subject to approval by the President and the
Board. Recommendations for awards shall be sent to United Faculty when they are sent to the
Subdivision 7.06 Availability
Any Professional Development Assignment granted to untenured faculty pursuant to any special program of
the Board shall not operate to diminish the number of Professional Development Assignments made
available to tenured faculty.
Section 7.1 Sick Leave
Subdivision 7.11 Definition
Sick leave is leave with regular pay granted for personal injury or illness (including pregnancy). A Faculty
Member may use sick leave, not to exceed five (5) days per academic year, for serious illness involving
necessary care and attention for the Faculty Member’s spouse, child, domestic partner, parent, or birth or
adoption of child. A Faculty Member may carry over five (5) unused days to a subsequent academic year
for a maximum utilization of ten (10) days in the subsequent academic year.
Subdivision 7.12 Record
The Board will maintain a record of accumulated sick leave for each member of the unit and each Faculty
Member shall annually be informed of the amount accumulated.
Subdivision 7.13 Accrual
On the first (1st) day of each semester, eight and one-half (8½) days will be added to the
accumulated sick leave of each member of the unit holding a full-time appointment. Fractional
credit, to the nearest day, will be credited to each member on a fractional appointment. If the
Faculty Member’s first (1st) working day is earlier than the regular first (1st) working day of the
semester, the eight and one-half (8½) days will be credited on such first (1st) working day.
The maximum accumulated sick leave credit shall be one hundred twenty (120) days. Sick leave
shall not accrue during an unpaid leave of absence. Sick leave accrual will be prorated for faculty
serving less than full time.
Paragraph 7.133, Sick Leave Bank:
A sick leave bank with five hundred fifty (550) days is established July 1 each year for use
by bargaining unit members. The sick leave bank does not accumulate from year to year but
begins with each fiscal year with five hundred fifty (550) days.
A faculty member may use days from the bank; however, the use of sick leave days from the
bank shall be limited to faculty members who have used all of their accumulated sick leave
days, have not yet met the elimination period for long-term disability, and suffer from
serious and/or chronic or long-term illness. Sick leave bank days may not be used during a
short term illness or short term disability.
Subdivision 7.14 Deductions
A Faculty Member is on sick leave on any day on which she/he misses classes or other University
obligations, or is absent from campus for half or more of a day due to injury, illness, or medical
appointments. A Faculty Member’s sick leave account will be charged a maximum of five (5) days in any
Subdivision 7.15 Leave Request
A Faculty Member who proposes to take or takes sick leave must file an official Faculty Absence
Request form in time sufficient to permit accommodation to her/his responsibilities whenever
The Board may request medical proof if absences are excessive or of questionable validity.
Subdivision 7.16 Eligibility
Sick leave pay will not be made to a member of the faculty during an academic period in which the
Faculty Member does not hold a paid appointment.
When a Faculty Member is on sick leave at the commencement of a new semester the sick leave
accrual shall not take place unless and until the Faculty Member returns to regular duties.
Subdivision 7.17 Lay Off – Recall
When a Faculty Member is laid off any unused accumulated sick leave shall be restored provided that the
Faculty Member is returned to active service by the University in accordance with Article Five (Staff
Subdivision 7.18 Compensation
Compensation during sick leave will be equal to regular compensation less the amount the Faculty Member
receives from disability benefits and/or Workers’ Compensation.
Section 7.2 Sick Leave Payout
Subdivision 7.21 Cash Payment Option
Effective July 1, 1981, upon retirement, a Faculty Member shall receive cash payment for accumulated
unused sick leave in accordance with Chapter 70A.23 of the Code of Iowa (1993) as amended by Chapter
2.42 of the Iowa Acts (1979) as in effect as of February 27, 1981, payable during the pay period preceding
the Faculty Member’s retirement date.
Subdivision 7.22 Premium Payment Option
Effective July 1, 1981, if a Faculty Member so chooses, payment will be made for monthly premiums for
health or life insurance or both in lieu of cash payment in accordance with Chapter 79.23 of the Code of
Iowa (1979) as amended by Chapter 2.42 of the Iowa Acts (1979) as in effect as of February 27, 1981, so
that the coverage provided is continuous.
Section 7.3 Jury Leave
Subdivision 7.31 Continued Earnings
A Faculty Member who is called for jury service shall be permitted to be absent from her/his duties without
loss of pay and without charge against any leave.
Subdivision 7.32 Jury Service Pay
Pay received for jury service shall be reported and remitted to the University, less any travel or personal
expense reimbursed for the jury service.
Subdivision 7.33 Absence Request
To receive pay under this Section, the Faculty Member must complete an official Faculty Absence Request
form and may be required to furnish satisfactory evidence that such service was performed on the days for
which payment is claimed.
Subdivision 7.34 Return
A Faculty Member not required to perform jury duty all day shall return to work.
Section 7.4 Educational, Conference, Research, and Bereavement Leaves
Subdivision 7.41 Short-term Leaves
The University may grant paid, short-term leaves for Faculty Members to be absent from campus
duties for educational and research purposes, conferences, and other professional activities. Short term
leaves are normally for periods of a week or less, though they may be longer at the discretion
of the University.
The University may grant short-term paid bereavement leaves.
Leaves for purposes of consulting or for professional activities, for which remuneration is received,
may average no more than one (1) day per week during an academic term.
Subdivision 7.42 Long-term Leaves
The University may grant paid or unpaid leaves of up to one (1) calendar year to carry out research/
scholarly work/ creative work, and/or educational activities supported under grants, contracts, fellowships,
or University research awards. The University, at its discretion, may renew such a leave.
Subdivision 7.43 Summer Research Fellowships
For the 2015-2016 appointment year, the Board agrees to allocate not less than one hundred eighty
thousand sixty-nine dollars ($180,069) as stipends for summer research fellowships. For the 2016-
2017 appointment year, the Board agrees to allocate not less than one hundred eighty-one thousand
eight hundred seventy dollars ($181,870) as stipends for summer research fellowships.
Summer research fellowships shall be either full-time (eight weeks) or half-time (four weeks).
Full-time summer research fellowships shall carry a stipend of at least six thousand six hundred
sixty-nine dollars ($6,669) for the 2015-2016 appointment year and six thousand seven hundred
thirty-five dollars ($6,735) for the 2016-2017 appointment year. The stipend for fellowships of a
shorter duration shall be prorated.
Subdivision 7.44 Military Leave
Military leave is granted in accord with Section 29A.28 of the Code of Iowa.
Military leave shall be without pay except as otherwise provided by the laws of the state of Iowa
and of the United States of America.
Subdivision 7.45 Public Office Leave
Faculty Members elected or appointed to a full-time public office shall be granted an unpaid leave of
absence for a maximum of four (4) years.
Subdivision 7.46 Terminal Degree Leave
Any tenured Faculty Member who lacks a terminal degree or equivalent in his or her current area of
teaching and research specialization may be granted, upon request, a year’s leave without pay for the
purpose of working toward that degree. Such leave of absence may be renewable for a second (2nd) year, if
necessary, for the completion of the degree.
Subdivision 7.47 Professional or Personal Leaves
Faculty Members may be granted paid or unpaid leaves of absence for professional or personal reasons with
the consent of the Board.
Subdivision 7.48 Child Care Leave
A Faculty Member shall be granted an unpaid leave of absence, for a period not to exceed one semester,
when a Faculty Member becomes a parent through childbirth or adoption of a child of less than 13 years of
age. The University shall not be obligated to grant the leave to more than one parent if both parents are
employed by the University. To be eligible for this leave, a Faculty Member must provide 60 calendar days
of written notice whenever practicable.
Section 7.5 Absence Request Form
Subdivision 7.51 Approval
All absences covered under this Article require the approvals set forth on an official Faculty Absence
Request form which must be completed in its entirety, except in emergencies, unusual circumstances, or as
otherwise provided in this Article, at least five (5) class days prior to the absence.
Subdivision 7.52 Reimbursements
Reimbursement of expenses under this Article is contingent upon the timely filing of an Absence Request
form and approval of expenses.
Section 7.6 Travel and Related Expenses
During the 2015-2016 year, the Board agrees to allocate no less than the sum of three hundred ninety-nine
thousand six hundred fifty-four dollars ($399,654) for faculty travel. During the 2016-2017 year, the Board
agrees to allocate no less than the sum of four hundred seven thousand four hundred seventeen dollars
($407,417) for faculty travel.
Section 7.7 Fringe Benefits During Leaves
Any Faculty Member on paid leave shall receive regular fringe benefits. Any Faculty Member on unpaid
leave shall have the option of making contributions sufficient to maintain full and continuous coverage on
any or all fringe benefits during the time of the leave, subject to regulations set by the carrier.
Section 7.8 Retraining Leave
A retraining leave is a one-year (1-year) leave without compensation which shall be granted, upon request,
to a Faculty Member who has received notice of layoff, to assist the Faculty Member to undertake a
program of study to enable the Faculty Member to qualify for recall rights pursuant to Article Five (Staff
Reduction) to this Agreement.
Section 7.9 Union Leave/Release Time:
The United Faculty President shall be granted a 3 credit hour release time leave of absence with pay each
semester during the year s/he is serving as President of the Union. The United Faculty Vice-President shall
be granted a 3 credit hour release time leave of absence with pay each semester during the year s/he is
serving as Vice-President of the Union. These leaves are contingent upon the University securing a
satisfactory substitute for the faculty member serving as President and Vice-President.