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Service Sabbaticals FAQ

 

What is a Service Sabbatical?
Why has this program been started?
How will students be involved in these Service Sabbaticals?
Must I be a member of the faculty to apply for a Service Sabbatical?
How can I apply for a Service Sabbatical?
Is this a one time program or will these Service Sabbaticals continue beyond this year?
What role will my supervisor or chair play in this process?
How closely must I work with an agency in submitting my application?
Can I work with any organization during my Service Sabbatical?
What should I do if I don't understand part of the application or if I am unsure how to answer some of the questions?
Where can I find information about previous Service Sabbaticals?
Q. What is a Service Sabbatical?
A.
A Service Sabbatical will make it possible for you to work full time for a community organization for one month or less while still drawing your regular paycheck from Elon University. During your sabbatical you will perform some task or complete a project that will benefit your organization. Sabbatical applications are now accepted on a "rolling" time frame and can be as short as one week.

Q. Why has this program been started?
A.
Project Pericles is committed to many interrelated goals. The common theme of these goals is to raise the level of civic engagement of social responsibility among all members of the Elon University community. By making possible Service Sabbaticals to all full-time employees with two or more years of service to Elon, we hope that not only will some worthy causes benefit, but, importantly, our students will have more and more visible role models from which to learn the ethos of service.

Q. How will students be involved in these Service Sabbaticals?
A.
Those employees who are awarded sabbaticals will be encouraged to work with one or more student interns. The details of how this will work will be dealt with on a case by case basis working with all parties involved. To restate, having interns in line before the application is completed is not necessary.

Q. Must I be a member of the faculty to apply for a Service Sabbatical?
A.
No, every full-time Elon University employee with two or more years of service to Elon is welcome to submit an application.

Q. How can I apply for a Service Sabbatical?
A.
Simply complete a brief application form and submit it to Campus Box 2610. The application is available from Tom Arcaro at extension 6442 or via email at arcaro@elon.edu. The application will ask you to describe briefly the work you plan to do with your organization, and to answer a few additional questions related to your project.

Q. Is this a one time program or will these Service Sabbaticals continue beyond this year?
A.
Project Pericles is committed to this program into the future, and applications are accepted on a rolling time frame.

Q. What role will my supervisor or chair play in this process?
A.
Since Elon University is committed to this program, your chair or supervisor will be supportive of your plans to submit an application for a Service Sabbatical. It is important that you let your chair or supervisor know that you are submitting an application so that the two of you can agree to schedule your sabbatical when it will be least disruptive to the institution.

Q. How closely must I work with an agency in submitting my application?
A.
Generally, we assume that those submitting an application for a Service Sabbatical will have a record of service to a community organization and an idea of how their full-time service will benefit that organization in a significant way. To ensure that your idea is coordinated with the agency's needs as closely as possible, we ask that you designate a contact person at the agency with whom you will work on your sabbatical.

Q. Can I work with any organization during my Service Sabbatical?
A.
We expect that the goals and principles of the organization you will work with are consistent with those of the Elon University Mission Statement.

Q. What should I do if I don't understand part of the application or if I am unsure how to answer some of the questions?
A.
Please contact Tom Arcaro at the number or e-mail address listed above. He will be glad to answer your questions and to provide assistance in completing the application. Additionally, the services of the Writing Center (located in Belk Library) and El Centro (located in Carlton building) are available for additional assistance.

Q. Where can I find information about previous Service Sabbaticals?
A.
The Pericles Web site has a section devoted the Service Sabbaticals. Please go there to learn more about what your colleagues did for their projects.