Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 18
- Grade: 12
The Academic Sabbatical: A Voyage of Discovery is a collection of narratives that reveals how important sabbaticals are to faculty and, by extension, to higher education. This in-depth look at the diverse experiences and perspectives provides a wealth of evidence that sabbaticals are instrumental in increasing productivity in terms of research and knowledge dissemination.
These periods of self-directed and focused work enable scholars to restore their academic energies, leading to enhanced engagement with their programs, graduate students, and intellectual exchange among peers. Although not without challenges and tensions, sabbaticals help academics build stronger and deeper connections.
While this book stands alone in promoting the richness and potential of the sabbatical as a structural feature of the academy, it is a great follow-up to The Academic Gateway and Beyond the Academic Gateway, which respectively discuss the tenure-track and tenure experience.
This book is the third in the Lives in the Canadian Academic Landscape triptych.
About the authors
Timothy M. Sibbald is Associate Professor in the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University. His primary focus pertains to mathematics education. He is the editor of The Gazette, a math education publication for teachers produced by the Ontario Association of Mathematics Educators.
Victoria Handford is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at Thompson Rivers University. She is also the Coordinator of Graduate Programs. Her research interests include school, and school district leadership, and trust.
Lee Anne Block is a teacher educator at the University of Winnipeg. Her research and teaching are focused on how we name and engage with difference in educational locations and on cultural sustainability. She recently completed Gandhi, Globalization and Earth Democracy, a course on sustainability with Vandana Shiva, in residence at Navdanya, India. For twenty years, she was a classroom teacher in Winnipeg.
Susan E. Elliott-Johns is an associate professor in the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University.
Lloyd Kornelsen has worked in the field of education for the past 28 years, primarily as a high-school social-studies teacher. His recently published book, Stories of transformation: Memories of a global citizenship practicum, is based on research for which he was awarded the Manitoba Education Research Network award for outstanding achievement in education research. Currently, Lloyd is as a member of the Faculty of Education and Director of the Global EducationProject at the University of Winnipeg.
Heather McLeod is the co-owner of Makaria Farm and the cofounder of the successful community grain-growing project, Island Grains. She is a passionate believer in re-skilling and founder of the Renaissance Women, a group dedicated to personal empowerment through relearning basic skills. Heather has been published in Small Farm Canada, The New Quarterly, The Dalhousie Review and Room (of One's Own), and she writes a regular farming column for The Winnipeg Review.
Cecile Badenhorst is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education in the Adult/Post-Secondary programs at Memorial University. She teaches courses on academic literacies and adult teaching. She has published three books in this area: Research Writing (2007), Dissertation Writing (2008), and Productive Writing (2010).
Excerpt: The Academic Sabbatical: A Voyage of Discovery (contributions by Timothy Sibbald, Victoria Handford, Anahit Armenakyan, Lee Anne Block, Merridee Bujaki, Antoinette Doyle, Susan E. Elliott-Johns, Jacqueline Hesson, Lloyd Kornelsen, Xuemei Li, Pei-Ying Lin, Heather McLeod, Sharon C. Penney, Maria del Carmen Rodriguez de France, Donald Scott, Shelleyann Scott, Gabriel Young & Cecile Badenhorst)
“As we considered this academic origin story, questions arose about the beginnings of the concept of the sabbatical itself; why it was rapidly adopted across many institutions, and whether its value extends beyond attracting faculty.”