University of Pittsburgh

Recruitment - Offer Letter Guidelines, Policies & Procedures

Guidelines For Initial Faculty Appointments And Faculty Reappointments

Initial Faculty Appointments

Rank Tenure Status SOM Guidelines
Professor/Associate Professor With Tenure Immediate Tenure (see “Policy on Tenure Concurrent with a New Appointment”)
Professor/Associate Professor In the Tenure Stream Mandatory 4 year appointment
Assistant Professor In the Tenure Stream 1, 2, or 3 years
Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor/Instructor Non-Tenure Stream 1 or 2 years; exceptions must be approved by the Dean
Research Professor/Research Associate Professor/Research Assistant Professor/ Research Instructor Non-Tenure Stream 1 or 2 years; exceptions must be approved by the Dean
Visiting Professor/Visiting Associate Professor/ Visiting Assistant Professor/Visiting Instructor Non-Tenure Stream 1 year
Clinical Professor/Clinical Associate Professor/Clinical Assistant Professor/Clinical Instructor Non-Tenure Stream (not paid by University) 1 year
Adjunct Professor/Adjunct Associate Professor/ Adjunct Assistant Professor/Adjunct Instructor Non-Tenure Stream (not paid by University) 1, 2, or 3 years

Faculty Reappointments

Rank Tenure Status SOM Guidelines
Assistant Professor In the Tenure Stream 1, 2, or 3 years
Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor/Instructor Non-Tenure Stream 1 year - Clinical
1 or 2 years – Non-Clinical
Exceptions must be approved by the Dean
Research Professor/Research Associate Professor/Research Assistant Professor/ Research Instructor Non-Tenure Stream 1 or 2 years
Exceptions must be approved by the Dean
Visiting Professor/Visiting Associate Professor/ Visiting Assistant Professor/Visiting Instructor Non-Tenure Stream 1 year
Clinical Professor/Clinical Associate Professor/ Clinical Assistant Professor/Clinical Instructor Non-Tenure Stream
(not paid by University)
1 year
Adjunct Professor/Adjunct Associate Professor/ Adjunct Assistant Professor/Adjunct Instructor Non-Tenure Stream
(not paid by University)
1,2, or 3 years