Sabbatical Leaves

Manchester University offers faculty members the opportunity to contribute to their academic disciplines or the scholarship of teaching and learning through sabbatical leave. Sabbatical experiences promote professional renewal and strengthen the University program by bringing new ideas and vitality onto the campus. Faculty members with the rank of associate professor or professor are eligible for consideration for sabbatical leaves after the completion of seven years of full-time teaching at Manchester University. More information on sabbatical leaves for current faculty members can be found here.  


Sabbatical Leaves

Dr.Stacy Erickson-Pesetski, Professor of English
January & spring 2023

Dr. Erickson-Pesetski's sabbatical project will first engage with the history of criminalization of young black males by looking at the experiences of black youth at Indiana’s two juvenile male prisons. She plans to engage with staff and administrators at all levels of the incarceration process – from those who work with the youth at the beginning at the Intake facility, to the teachers and social workers who mentor and teach them during their confinement, to those that help prepare them for life after their stay in prison. Dr. Erickson-Pesetski will then look at the culture and experiences of black youth at a very different kind of institution: the university. She will pair her work on the place of black youth in the confinement system with a look at what institutions of higher learning are doing to support their black students, many of whom have never been inside a prison but who still face systemic racism, challenges and implicit biases.


Dr. Tim Reed, Professor of Music
Fall 2022 and January 2023

Dr. Reed’s sabbatical project proposes an interdisciplinary project in collaboration with MU faculty and students in peace studies, sociology, art and English. The project will address the topic of incarceration with a mix of both information (facts/figures/data) and real-life examples, telling individual stories of people directly impacted by incarceration (including collaboration with incarcerated or formerly incarcerated individuals). There have been a number of art exhibits focusing on incarceration in recent years, but to Dr. Reed’s knowledge, this project will be the first of its kind to use the electroacoustic medium in this way. This project will help Dr. Reed become a better model for our students by expanding his work outside of the confines of his discipline and by addressing issues of consequence through music and art.