University of Pittsburgh

Recruitment - Offer Letter Guidelines, Policies & Procedures

Standard Offer Letter Time/Effort Allocation

The following faculty titles must specify academic duties (i.e., research, teaching, service, administrative, etc.) and effort allocation (i.e., percentages of each, number of half-days of each, or equivalent metric).

  • Instructor
  • Assistant Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Professor
  • Above ranks with the “Research” or “Visiting” prefix

Individuals who hold faculty titles with the “Clinical” prefix generally spend greater than or equal to 90 percent of their effort in clinical practice. The practice may be located inside or outside of the tertiary health center. The faculty title with the clinical prefix obligates individuals to contribute by supervising residents and medical students in their clinical practices or to contribute in equivalent ways. No significant involvement in education at the programmatic level or involvement in research or administrative activities is expected. No University salary or benefits are provided.

If there are no or minimal academic duties, the faculty title should have the “Clinical” prefix as follows:

  • Clinical Instructor
  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Clinical Professor