- Staff Handbook
- Health and Fitness Program
- Wellness for Life
- PITT ARTS
- Faculty & Staff Development Program
- The University Club
- Pitt Athletic Tickets
- Center for Creativity
Dear Staff Member:
This staff handbook provides University staff members with an overview of the University’s best practices. Our leadership believes in and is proud of the University’s environment of open communication. We have summarized the key issues that affect the daily operational needs and objectives of the University and its respective staff members. The information contained herein also is available by accessing the University’s Web site and the University’s Office of Human Resources Web site.
The University of Pittsburgh is a microcosm of every culture, gender, race, and creed. We are proud of our heritage as well as our staff, faculty, students, and alumni, and we are committed to education, research, and community service. We are a community of learners who work together to attain a common goal.
I hope you take pride in being associated with the University of Pittsburgh and that through our many employee programs, you will take advantage of the opportunities available to you. If you have any questions concerning the information provided in this handbook, please call your Human Resources contact or a representative of our Employee Relations Section staff at 412-624-4645.
Ronald W. Frisch
Associate Vice Chancellor
- Crisis 24/7 contact information
- Personalized WorkLife referrals
- Online WorkLife resources
- Counseling and Coaching sessions
- Disability and Family Medical Leave outreach
- 24/7 Crisis Support – LifeSolutions is available any time of day, every day for emergencies including but not limited to:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Homicidal thoughts
- Drug and alcohol rehabilitation support
- Crisis intervention
- And many more services
For help, please call 1-866-647-3432. Read more about LifeSolutions.
The Health and Fitness Program is offered by the Department of Health and Physical Activity at the University of Pittsburgh. Formerly known as the "Wellness" and "Community Fitness" programs, the Health and Fitness Program offers opportunities for faculty and staff at the University of Pittsburgh to participate in health and fitness classes and have access to a fitness center with qualified staff to assist with personal fitness goals. Current offerings include group exercise classes & fitness center membership at Department of Health and Physical Activity Fitness Center in Trees Hall.
Fitness Center Membership: In Fall Term 2012, the program marked the opening of a renovated 5,000 sq. ft. fitness facility in Trees Hall for use exclusively by staff & faculty Monday-Saturday during peak workout times. This is a separate facility from the current weight room housed in Trees Hall offering state-of-the-art Precor cardiovascular and strength equipment with interactive touch-screen displays, free weight and stretching areas, 2 group exercise studios and access to kettle bells and the most current exercise tools. Tour of the facility are available upon request.
The program is proud to emphasize that the fitness center is staffed by highly skilled graduate students from the Department of Health and Physical Activity under the supervision of Renee J. Rogers, Ph.D. and John M. Jakicic, Ph.D. These students were recruited based on their expertise in the areas of personal training, group fitness, and their interest in health and wellness promotion. As a member of the fitness facility, you have full access to this talented group of students and their skill sets. They are eager to assist with equipment orientations, exercise program designs and training plans, and have the knowledge-base to challenge the already experienced exerciser and prepare and assist the beginner as well.
Group Exercise Classes: The program offers group classes taught by HPA graduate students and certified instructors. The classes range in skill from aerobics to boot camp style fitness classes and include yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and more. The new facility in Trees Hall now houses its own indoor cycling studio with 20 Keiser bikes. Limited availability to participate in cycling classes as a staff or faculty member at the University makes this class a popular choice. Program offerings are continually updated to make the most current workouts available to the University staff and faculty.
Our mission is to help "PITT Be Fit!" Class schedules, hours of operation, and registration forms are available on our website.
The focus of the University's Wellness for Life program is to encourage proactive healthcare management for its faculty and staff members as well as their family members. Proactive healthcare management not only helps individuals to manage or avoid health risks which can improve their well-being, but it also helps to reduce the health care costs that we all pay for collectively.
In addition to the ongoing positive initiatives that the University has offered to encourage a healthy lifestyle, such as covering in-network preventive care visits at 100%, the University, in conjunction with UPMC Health Plan, will continue to offer new initiatives, incentives and programs that will support proactive healthcare management.
For members who are "well," the focus will be on staying well. For any members “at risk,” there will be opportunities and information provided to help lower that risk. Members with chronic healthcare conditions will be encouraged to participate proactively in care & condition management programs.
It is with these proactive programs and initiatives that the University will continue to work with faculty and staff members, as well as their families, to encourage “Wellness for Life.”
Read about all the great resources available to Pitt staff through this excellent program.
For over 20 years the PITT ARTS Cheap Seats program has been connecting staff and faculty to deeply discounted tickets to some of the most sought after arts events in the city! PITT ARTS offers Cheap Seats to eleven different arts organizations including Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh CLO, and many more.
The PITT ARTS Cheap Seats program is available to University of Pittsburgh faculty and staff with a valid Pitt ID. Each person can purchase up to four tickets for all shows (with a few noted exceptions), and you can take non-Pitt people! But you, yourself MUST be going to the show.
Cheap Seats for The Pittsburgh Cultural District are available ONLY online and include:
- Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
- Pittsburgh Opera
- Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
- Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
- Pittsburgh Public Theater
- Pittsburgh CLO and CLO Cabaret
To purchase Cultural District offerings click HERE. Make sure you click on the arts organization promo code link to get the PITT ARTS’ discount.
For discounted Staff/ Faculty tickets City Theatre tickets are available online ONLY! To purchase click HERE. Discounts Do NOT Apply on Opening Night or Saturday 5:30 p.m. performances.
Cheap Seats tickets for Quantum Theatre, PICT Classic Theatre, Renaissance & Baroque, and Calliope: Pittsburgh Folk Music Society can be purchased utilizing ticket order forms and lock-boxes found outside the PITT ARTS office at 907 William Pitt Union.
The Office of Human Resources, through the Faculty & Staff Development Program, offers a variety of workshops to enhance the professional and personal development of University of Pittsburgh faculty and staff. There are learning opportunities in several categories to help you maximize your professional growth.
The University Club provides faculty and staff a place to eat, relax, exercise, entertain and engage in intellectual discussion with members of the campus community. As a member of the exclusive Faculty and Staff Club, you will enjoy not only our beautiful accommodations, but numerous events and activities throughout the year.
Social Membership Benefits
Become a social member of the University Club and enjoy the following exclusive features:
- Dining in the Fraternity Grill for business casual lunches
- Access to an elegant Library and Reading Room
- Daily casual lunches in the College Room Lounge featuring our popular endless soup and salad!
- Thursdays all-you-care-to eat buffets in the College Room Lounge
- Daily happy hours in the College Room Lounge or on the Rooftop Terrace overlooking the magnificent Cathedral of Learning
Football – Heinz Field
University of Pittsburgh Faculty and Staff receive a 20% discount on football season tickets. In addition, payment for season tickets may be spread out over a six (6) month payment plan through payroll deduction. A valid Pitt employee ID is required to receive the discount.
Men’s Basketball – Petersen Events Center
University of Pittsburgh Faculty and Staff receive a 10% discount on men’s basketball season tickets. In addition, payment for season tickets may be spread out over a six (6) month payment plan through payroll deduction. A valid Pitt employee ID is required to receive the discount.
University of Pittsburgh Faculty and Staff and their immediate family members receive free admission to women’s basketball games. Simply show your valid Pitt employee ID to the ticket taker and you and your family can enjoy the game.
For more information, please call 1-800-643-7488 or email email@example.com
The University's Center for Creativity offers unique programming to bring out the talents of Pitt staff. For more details on any of these events, visit the Center's website: Amateurs welcome! All workshops require pre-registration and are free to all members of the Pitt community! No previous experience required: amateurs welcome!
Second Tuesday of every month, 12:30-1 pm
Curious about The Workshop, but not sure where to start? Would you like to explore the space and talk about how you, your department, staff, or peer group could make use of all the resources we have to offer? Join us for a quick walkthrough and see what you’ve been missing! No reservation needed.
Lunch & Learns
Select Wednesdays, 12:15-12:45 pm
Think you don’t have time to be creative on your lunch hour? Just come and join us for a short taste of one of our upcoming full-length workshops! Arrive as early as noon and stay as long as you like; demonstration and talk from 12:15-12:45 pm. Please bring your own lunch: we’ll provide drinks and snacks!
Open Mic Nights
Select Mondays, 8:30-10 pm at Nordy’s Place (William Pitt Union)
The C4C Open Mic is a chance for University of Pittsburgh students, faculty, and staff to meet and mingle while showcasing a range of creative art. All levels and styles are welcome. Whether you have experience performing in public, or you’re a first-timer in search of a supportive and enthusiastic audience, the C4C Open Mic is for you!