Faculty and Service-Learning
Faculty at Duquesne use service-learning in their teaching for diverse reasons. You may be looking for a way to help your students appreciate the social relevance of your discipline through praxis. Or, you might be looking to express your own civic-mindedness in your teaching and/or research. Perhaps you value pedagogy that brings to life the social justice mission of Duquesne. Whatever your motivation, you will find valuable information within these pages.
Service-learning is a teaching method that combines academic instruction, meaningful service, and critically reflective thinking to promote student learning and civic responsibility. Research on the impact of service-learning has found that service-learning improves student learning and contributes to student personal and social development (Hurd, 2006). To realize these benefits and improve their own teaching, faculty often integrate service. Accordingly, it may be rewarded and recognized in the promotion and tenure process.
Duquesne's service-learning program is supported by the Office of Service-Learning, which is within the division of academic affairs and is guided by the service-learning advisory committee. The OSL offers a number of resources and services to assist with Service-Learning Course Design, Community Partnership Development, and Faculty Development.