Our Faculty


Great teaching isn’t just respected at Pitt—it’s also honored and rewarded. Each year, the University’s highest teaching honor, the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, goes to five of Pitt’s finest educators. Individual schools and departments also bestow their own teaching awards; for example, the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences honors outstanding teachers with its annual Tina & David Bellet Teaching Excellence Awards.

Pitt also honors its outstanding mentors and innovators.


Pitt researchers push the boundaries of knowledge in areas ranging from literary criticism to the quest for quantum computers. They frequently reach across disciplines within Pitt and collaborate with colleagues at other universities and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, as well as with corporate partners. The following stories describe multidisciplinary research areas where Pitt is a current or emerging leader:



Innovators From regenerating human tissues to creating a coating that prevents ice buildup on wind turbines, innovations by Pitt professors benefit humankind.

In 2013, the University launched the Innovation Institute to advance Pitt's successes in entrepreneurship, commercialization, and economic development. The institute brings together under one umbrella the University’s Office of Technology Management, Office of Enterprise Development, and Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence.


Pitt faculty members are widely recognized as leaders in expanding the boundaries of knowledge.

Among the honors they’ve won are the National Medal of Science (the nation’s highest honor for science and engineering), the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius grant,” and election to the world’s most prestigious academic societies, including the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Read More »