University of Pittsburgh

Appointments & Promotions - Tenure Stream Faculty Information

Length of Tenure Stream Service Prior to the Conferral of Tenure

The total number of years which Ph.D. (or equivalent) faculty members and physician faculty members without clinical responsibilities may serve in the tenure stream shall not exceed seven.  If a person has served for seven years in the tenure stream, either he or she must be promoted to associate professor or professor with tenure or his or her service in the tenure stream must be terminated.  Notification of termination must be made prior to the end of the sixth year in the tenure stream.  Faculty in the tenure stream shall have annual evaluations to document their progress and suitability for a tenure recommendation.  The maximum allowable duration of service in the tenure stream shall be independent of previous service at another college or university.

The total number of years which physician faculty members with clinical responsibilities may serve in the tenure stream shall not exceed ten. If a person has served for ten years in the tenure stream, either he or she must be promoted to associate professor or professor with tenure or his or her service in the tenure stream must be terminated. Notification of termination must be made prior to the end of the ninth year in the tenure stream.  Physician  faculty with clinical responsibilities in the tenure stream shall have annual evaluations to document their progress and suitability for a tenure recommendation.  In addition, a comprehensive mid-course review shall be conducted no later than the end of the fifth year of service in the tenure stream (School of Medicine Policy “Mid-Course Review of Clinical Tenure Candidates”).  The maximum allowable duration of service in the tenure stream shall be independent of previous service at another college or university.