UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH POLICY 02-02-05
CATEGORY: ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
SECTION: Faculty Appointment and Tenure
SUBJECT: Criteria for and Terms of Appointment and Promotion: Part-Time
Tenured or Tenure-Stream Faculty
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 5, 1988
This policy affirms the criteria for, and terms of appointment and promotion of part-time
tenured or tenure-stream faculty. The following is excerpted from the University of
Pittsburgh BYLAWS. (See Appendix A.)
CRITERIA FOR APPOINTMENT AND PROMOTION
Part-time faculty who serve at least on a half-time basis are eligible for tenure or tenure-
stream appointments at the same ranks and under the same criteria described in Section
III, A. of the University BYLAWS. See Policy 02-02-04, Criteria for and Terms of
Appointment and Promotion: Full-Time Tenured or Tenure-Stream Faculty.
TERMS OF APPOINTMENT AND PROMOTION
The total number of years which a part-time faculty member may serve without tenure in
the tenure stream may not exceed thirteen.
- If a person has served for thirteen years in the tenure stream, either he or she must
be promoted to associate professor or professor with tenure, or his or her services in
the tenure stream must be terminated.
- Notification of termination must be made prior to the end of the twelfth year of service.
- The maximum allowable duration of service in the tenure stream without tenure shall
be independent of previous service at another college or university.
The terms of appointment of part-time faculty members in the tenure stream excluding
those appointed at the rank of associate professor and professor may be for one, two, or
- When a decision is made not to renew an appointment, the faculty member on a first
one-year appointment shall be notified in writing no later than March 15;
- On a second or subsequent consecutive one-year appointment by December 15;
- By December 15 of the second year of a two-year appointment; and
- Twelve months prior to the end of a three-year appointment.
A year of appointment in the tenure stream is recognized if the appointment became
effective on or before December 31.
- In cases where the appointment became effective on January 1 or later, the remainder
of the academic year is disregarded for this purpose, and the next year is counted as
the first year of appointment in the tenure stream.
Tenure may be held only by professors and associate professors.
Tenure shall be held by a faculty member who serves on a part-time basis only in the
School or at the Regional Campus where the tenure is granted.
Part-time tenured faculty appointments may be for no less than half-time.
Once it has been awarded, tenure is obligatory for the University, optional with the faculty
Tenure does not apply to administrative positions which may be for indefinite terms, and
are terminable at any time.
A part-time person may be promoted to the rank of associate professor without receiving
- Usually the individual will have completed at least six years in the tenure stream.
- The appointment shall be for a minimum of four years and not longer than six years.
- If there is no intention of awarding tenure, the individual must be given at least twelve
months' notice prior to the end of the appointment.
Initial part-time appointments at the rank of associate professor or professor shall be for
a probationary period of six years.
- The award of tenure may take place at any time during the probationary period.
- If tenure is not to be awarded, the probationary appointee at the associate professor
or professor level must be given at least twelve months' notice prior to the end of the
Under exceptional circumstances, the initial appointment of an associate professor or
professor may be made with tenure.
University of Pittsburgh of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education - BYLAWS,
Chapter II, Article II, Section IV, "Part-time Tenured or Tenure-Stream Faculty." Adopted
by the Board of Trustees, January 14, 1969, and as amended thereafte.
Policy 02-02-04, Criteria for and Terms of Appointment and Promotion: Full-Time Tenured
or Tenure-Stream Faculty