I am presently enjoying one of the perks of academic life: the sabbatical! It's a much envied feature of the college teaching profession, and one that I have to say was much needed in my case.
But then it occurred to me: Faculty are granted sabbaticals from teaching (and service) in order to do their research. But why shouldn't there be chances to be granted a sabbatical from research (and service!) in order to concentrate on teaching? (I'm imagining someone, most likely at a Research 1 university, being told by a department chair or dean not to work on any articles or books for a year and "just teach.") It says something about our priorities in higher education that there aren't such sabbaticals. The message: Research is fulfilling, but teaching is a burden relief from which we should welcome.
Would any prestigious college or university have the nerve to propose sabbaticals to teach?