Institutional Equity

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The University affirms and actively promotes the rights of all individuals to equal opportunity in education and employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other protected class.

As a federal contractor, the University of Pittsburgh is committed to affirmative action in employment as a means of ensuring equality of opportunity. The Institutional Equity Office is responsible for the University's Affirmative Action Program and coordinates compliance with Pitt recruitment policies, and can provide resources and training upon request. The University's Affirmative Action Plan Narratives are available for review at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Faculty Recruiting FAQs

Embarking on the recruitment of a new faculty member is an exciting and important opportunity.  Here are some frequently asked questions about faculty searches.  If you have additional questions, or require assistance, contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 412 648-7860 or by e-mail at

Searching for an Academic Position at Pitt?

The University of Pittsburgh is a wonderful place for an academic career.  Listings for faculty positions at the Pittsburgh campus and Pitt's regional campuses—Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville—are posted on the University's faculty position management system.  Search and apply for our open faculty positions or research postings through Pitt Source.

Search Committee Resources

The Office of Institutional Equity is happy to provide a briefing session to your search committee on the process, including searching for excellence and diversity and legal issues.  To schedule a session, contact Cheryl Ruffin.

Policies, Procedures, and Resources

In accordance with Pitt's commitment to diversity and inclusion, and its Strategic Plan, the University has developed and enforces policies and has formalized procedures that facilitate retaining and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment.

Race and Ethnicity Definitions

Pitt is required to report on the race/ethnicity of its faculty, staff, and students to the federal government for civil rights enforcement purposes.  View the race and ethnicity definitions that are approved by the Department of Education (DOE) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and are used at the University for reporting purposes.

University Resources

The advancement of diversity and inclusion is not accomplished by one office or group within an organization as complex and dynamic as Pitt.  Rather, it requires the commitment of many campus offices, groups, and people.  Learn more about University resources.

External and Community Resources

The University of Pittsburgh partners with organizations both within the region and nationally who share and support a commitment to diversity and inclusion.