Office of Service-Learning

Murphy Building
20 Chatham Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone: 412.396.5893
Fax: 412.395.2144

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    Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research

    The Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research (CETR) supports community-engaged teaching, learning, and research that promote knowledge creation, civic development, and community transformation.

    The Center

    • Stewards the civic and justice-oriented nature of CETR as framed by the University's Spiritan charism;
    • Encourages faculty to learn about and appreciate CETR, and to join a network of faculty peers who consider themselves to be community-engaged scholars;
    • Equips faculty to practice innovative CETR through consultations, professional development programming, grants, logistic support, and in-print and web-based resources;
    • Introduces faculty to local communities and facilitates connections between faculty and community organizations;
    • Creates opportunities for students to gain leadership experience by supporting classes taught using CETR;
    • Helps faculty, students, and community partners navigate the University's administrative policies, procedures, and expectations so that they can successfully implement CETR;
    • Advocates for the institutionalization of CETR and convenes stakeholders to shape engagement at Duquesne. 


    The Center is charged with supporting academic community engagement endeavors and to ensure the rigor and quality of those experiences for the students and community partners who are involved. These endeavors include

    Engaged Teaching

    The Duquesne expression of community-engaged teaching and learning is Service-Learning, which is a teaching method that is used extensively throughout all majors and degrees. Faculty members work with community partners to develop meaningful community projects that help students achieve the course learning objectives for their classes.

    Engaged Scholarship

    There are many names for scholarly work that is engaged with the community. At Duquesne University, Academic Community-Engaged Scholarship (ACES) is a collaborative group that meets to encourage the development of community-engaged scholars at Duquesne. The association, hosted by faculty members and co-sponsored by Academic Community Engagement and the Office of Research, also highlights innovative community-engaged scholarship projects and provides an opportunity to collaborate with one another, particularly the sharing of resources.

    Community-University Partnerships

    In addition to the number of partnerships that develop with community-based organizations through other forms of academic community engagement, the university maintains mulit-sector partnerships with historically significant communities, which broadly involve community agency staff, community leaders, residents, entrepreneurs, K-12 educators, legislators, faculty members, university students, and university administrators.

    ♦  Hill District Duquesne Collective (HDDC)

    ♦  Hazelwood Partnership