Sabbatical request repeatedly denied

University ordered to grant leave
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/09/2015

The Faculty Association of the University of St. Thomas filed a grievance against the New Brunswick university after Thomas Parkhill was denied sabbatical leave for a second time.

The union alleges the university’s reasons for denying the leave to Parkhill — a faculty member and a tenured full professor in the department of religious studies — were "speculative and prejudicial." The denial was in violation of the full and fair consideration clause of the parties’ collective agreement, the union argued, and it requested Parkhill be granted a sabbatical leave for the year July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016.

In her letter denying Parkhill’s request for a 2014-2015 sabbatical, the university’s president and vice-chancellor, Dawn Russell, wrote, "Since you have provided no evidence of a recent scholarly publication, the concerns I expressed in the attached letter persist about whether you will produce the actual scholarly work which you propose in your most recent sabbatical application."