4.12 Departmentally Supported Rotating Released Time for Research Adopted April 2009 Subject to exceptions below, released time should rotate through the faculty (released time is contingent on departmental instructional needs and funding). The Chair should keep a list of when faculty members have research leaves. Faculty with less than 40% research appointments will not receive released time for research. New Assistant Professors should be placed in the rotation so they receive released time during their first two years on the faculty (This is the course reduction usually granted to new tenure-track faculty). Released time for family and medical leave does not count toward rotating released time for research. Released time for administrative or service responsibilities (Basic Course Director, Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, journal editor, etc.) does not count toward rotating released time. Released time external to the department (e.g., grant support, University Research Leave, sabbatical) does not count toward rotating released time. After a successful third year review, a tenure track assistant professor will be placed in the rotation so that they will receive a reduced teaching load during the fourth or fifth year.