​​​​​​​Welcome to the Sabbaticals, Fellowships, and Awards Committee.

Scope & Function


The Committee recommends to the Board of Trustees the awarding of leave time and financial stipends to support individual faculty as they pursue worthwhile professional development activities, such as formal study, independent research, creative projects, field studies, or travel related to their profession not otherwise possible through a normal workload assignment.


  1. Develops and makes available a set of formal standards and matrix that will be applied in sabbatical and fellowship applications.

  2. Establishes procedures and timelines governing sabbatical and fellowship applications.

  3. Publicizes the availability of and faculty members’ eligibility for sabbaticals and fellowships.

  4. Provides workshops that clarify the sabbatical and fellowship applications and the evaluation process.

  5. Evaluates sabbatical and fellowship recipients’ reports summarizing their experiences and activities.

  6. Nominates the Faculty of the Year for approval by Senate.


Membership: Faculty and Administrators, 2:1 ratio


  • Kimberly James, Chair

  • Angeline Misaghi

  • George Davison

  • Kay Azuma

  • William Pachas-Flores

  • Andrew Espinosa

  • Lawrence Driscoll


  • Sherri Lee-Lewis, Vice Chair

  • Delores Raveling

  • ​Melanie Bocanegra

Sabbatical and Fellowship Recommendations 2017-2018

2017-2018 Meetings

September 21, 2017, 12:45 pm, Library Conference RoomPDF FileAgenda
PDF FileMinutes
​October 26, 2017 12:45 pm, Library Conference RoomPDF FileAgenda
​November 30, 2017 12:45 pm, Library Conference Room​

2016-2017 Meetings

September 22, 2016, 12:45 pm, Library Conference Room
November 3, 2016, 12:45 pm, Library Conference Room
December 1, 2016, 12:45 pm, Library Conference Room
​March 9, 2017, 12:45 pm, Library Conference Room
​May 18, 2017, 12:45pm, Library Conference RoomPDF File​Agenda
PDF FileMinutes

2015-2016 Meetings

October 1, 2015, 1:00 pm, HSS 261
October 8, 2015, 1:00 pm, HSS 261
November 5, 2015, 1:00 pm, HSS 261
December 10, 2015, 1 pm, HSS 261
February 25, 2016, HSS 261

2014-2015 Meetings

November 6, 2014, 3:15 pm, Science 251
November 20, 2014, 3:15 pm, Science 251
December 11, 2014, 11:15 am, Science 251
May 14, 2015, 11 am, Skybox

Sabbatical Application and Related Information

Sabbatical Recipients

PDF FileApproved Fall and Spring

Sabbatical Proposals and Reports

Faculty MemberDocuments
Dianne Berman, Political Science​, Spring 2018​
Ebrahim Jahangard, Math, Spring 2018

Mark Trujillo, Art, Fall 2016
PDF FileReport
​George Davison, English, Fall 2016

PDF File​Report

Fellowship Application

Fellowship Proposals and Reports

Faculty MemberDocuments
Hari Vishwanadha, English, Spring 2018
Shanon Zusman, Music, Spring, 2018

PDF FileProposal
Siel Ju, Fall, 2016

​​Hayward Award 2017 Nominations

Due November 17, 2017​

PDF FileHayward Award Nomination Form

PDF FileHayward Award Rubric

Nomination Process

1. Identify a person you would like to nominate (you may nominate yourself).

2. The nomination form is completed by the nominee. Alternatively, the person who nominates the nominee may complete the form then check with the nominee for any corrections and/or additional information.

3. Completed forms should be emailed to Kimberly James at james_kimberly@smc.edu by 4 pm. on Friday, November 17, 2017.​


  • 2015 Nominee for Hayward Award for Teaching Excellence: Professor Lorrie Ivas, Business

  • 2012-13 SMC Faculty of the Year: Professor Eric Oifer

  • 2012-13 Nominee for Hayward Award for Teaching Excellence: Professor Eric Oifer, Social Science