When we dropped my D off to college, her Academic Advisor, a professor, mentioned that he was going to be on sabbatical next semester but would be available to her at anytime. I have read and heard about sabbaticals for years but always assumed it was for research purposes only.
How does a sabbatical work? Is there a restriction on time and what a professor can do on a sabbatical? Does it have to be research or school related or could it be personal time? Finally, do they get paid while away? I have heard the term so often but don't really understand how it works or its purpose. Thanks!