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Professional development leaves are intended to increase an employee’s value to the University through opportunities for research, writing, professional renewal, further education, or other experiences of professional value. The PDL program is intended to mirror the sabbatical leaves that are available to tenured in-unit faculty.

Professional development leaves are taken at either full pay for one (1) semester or term or at three-fourths pay for one (1) academic year and are subject to the terms and conditions set forth in Article 22 of the most current UCF BOT-UFF Collective Bargaining Agreement.


  • In-unit faculty and in-unit A&P employees, except those serving in tenure-earning or tenured positions.
  • Six or more years of continuous, full-time employment at UCF.
  • Employees who are compensated through a contract or grant may receive a PDL only if the contact or grant allows a PDL and the employee meets all other eligibility requirements.
  • Six years of continuous service at UCF must be completed following the end date of any previous PDL.

Application and Procedures

The application period opened on October 11th and deadline to apply is October 31, 2019, for leave to be taken in 2020-21. Please see application and procedures below.