The University of Pittsburgh is dedicated to recruiting, retaining, and recognizing an excellent and diverse faculty. Our success is dependent on identifying high-quality faculty from varied backgrounds and academic disciplines, with a broad range of perspectives and experiences, who will become part of our diverse, inclusive, and vibrant community.
As part of this commitment, the Office of the Provost and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion offers tools to strengthen faculty search processes. One tool is the resource guide Recruiting an Excellent and Diverse Faculty: Resources for Faculty Search Committees, and another is the Checklist for Faculty Search Committees.
We also offer a variety of workshops, including strengthening faculty recruitment and recognizing and mitigating implicit and unconscious bias. You can find more information on workshops on the Office of the Provost faculty development workshops website and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website.
The Office of the Provost supports numerous initiatives related to faculty retention, including:
- Free Institutional Memberships are available for faculty all of our campuses to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity;
- Career and Professional Development programs for faculty;
- Center for Mentoring;
- Family-Friendly Programs for Pitt Faculty;
- Dual-Career Recruitment and Retention Program Guidelines; and
- the COACHE Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey results and recommendations.
Opportunities for faculty recognition include:
- The Provost's Award for Diversity in the Curriculum;
- The Provost’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring;
- The University Prize for Strategic, Inclusive, and Diverse Excellence (UPSIDE) Award;
- The Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching, Research, and Public Service Awards;
- Appointment as Distinguished Faculty; and
- The Provost's Inaugural Lecture Series - a lecture series that features faculty who are newly appointed as distinguished faculty or to endowed chairs/professorships.