I hold in my hand a letter from our Provost informing me that my sabbatical leave for academic year 2008-2009 is awarded.
Of course, this is contingent on:
- My actually getting tenure (something which will not be official, one way or another, until May 23).
- My filing a promissory note (basically, allowing the university to come after me for financial losses should I not return to my position after my sabbatical).
- “Budget availability.” Which … have you heard that California’s budget situation is not so good?
So, probably I have next academic year to do some serious writing, assuming none of the things that can go wrong do go wrong.
Cross your fingers.