Faculty & Teaching

A person types on a purple Braille keyboard
With the move to online instruction, making electronic accessibility a priority is not just about accommodating people with disabilities; it’s about considering the broad range of students and their learning styles.
Cynthia Golden in a dark top and gold necklace
In accordance with expert guidance and to keep our community safe and healthy, Pitt has announced that it will move to a flexible remote and in-person approach to fall classes. Pittwire spoke to Cynthia Golden from the University Center for Teaching and Learning to hear more about what faculty members should consider as they write their fall syllabi this summer.
A Pitt staff member in a blue shirt in the mailroom
Now more than ever, members of the Pitt community are recognizing each other’s hard work, dedication and willingness to go above and beyond—and the mail rooms at Pitt are no exception. Celebrate your fellow Panthers during this year’s Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week.
A panther statue
The University senior leadership team shares their gratitude during Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week, which kicks off today and runs through June 12.
Rory Cooper (left) with friend David Gifford (right) just before the 2020 virtual Pittsburgh Marathon
Last October, Rory Cooper crashed his handcycle during the early miles of a marathon. The director of Pitt’s Human Engineering Research Laboratories would go on to finish the remaining 23.2 miles, then spend four days in a coma. Read about his incredible recovery, and his long history of working to improve wheelchair users’ lives.
Vernell Lillie in a pink suit
Vernell A. Lillie, a former associate professor of Africana Studies, founder of Pitt’s Kuntu Repertory Theatre and vanguard member of the Black Arts Movement at Pitt and beyond, has died at 89.
MyQuella Swogger in a black shirt posting notes onto a window
Discussions held throughout the academic year fostered conversations and action on “abolitionist teaching” in the School of Education. During this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week, their lessons are more important than ever, especially for Black and Brown students.
Christopher Darby in front of a blackboard, wearing a blue Pitt shirt
Pitt’s 14 Heinz Fellows are providing something in short supply nowadays: consistency for kids. The fellows have been serving as role models and mentors to elementary, middle and high school students in the Pittsburgh area through the COVID-19 crisis.
Gurudev Dutt in a red shirt, holding a piece of electronic equipment
From mailing circuit boards to students’ homes to rolling 80 containers of duckweed down Forbes Avenue, lab instructors got creative in the shift to online learning.
Uma Satyavolu
Uma Satyavolu’s Literature and Medicine course challenges students to study both past and current writings to deal ethically with pandemics such as COVID-19. See what books and resources she recommends.