A Message from Provost Ann E. Cudd

This Faculty Handbook comprises University policies that directly impact your work as a Pitt faculty member. These include policies about benefits, institutional support and University governance as well as compliance policies and procedures that satisfy federal and Commonwealth laws.

University Mission Statement

The University of Pittsburgh, founded in 1787, is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. As one of the nation's distinguished comprehensive universities, the resources of the University constitute an invaluable asset for the intellectual, economic, and social enrichment of Pennsylvania, while the international prestige of the University enhances the image of Pennsylvania throughout the world.

About the University

The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related research university, founded as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787. Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 63 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.


Effective systems of communication and shared governance facilitate our efforts to advance excellence in research and teaching, as well as to support and encourage personal and professional growth.