University of Pittsburgh

Appointments & Promotions - Tenure Faculty Information

Purposes of Tenure

Academic tenure is a status accorded to members of the University faculty who have demonstrated high ability and achievement in their dedication to the growth of human knowledge. Tenure is intended to assure the University that there will be continuity in its experienced faculty and in the functions for which they are responsible. The University encourages independence of mind and freedom of  inquiry.  Conferral of tenure constitutes recognition by the University that a person so identified is qualified by achievements and contributions to knowledge and dissemination of knowledge as to be ranked among the most worthy in his or her field engaged in scholarly endeavors: research, teaching, professional training, or creative intellectual activities of other kinds.