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School of Education

Unrestricted Gifts: Unrestricted gifts allow the Dean to allocate resources to the School’s most critical needs and to respond more rapidly to unanticipated opportunities. The vast majority of gifts to the School of Education are designated for a specific program or initiative, making such discretionary funds particularly valuable.

Scholarship Funds: Aligned with the School of Education’s identity, as well as Duquesne University’s Spiritan tradition of serving God by serving students, endowed scholarships for graduate students represent a major priority. The School prepares graduate professionals particularly to work in urban settings as teachers, school psychologists and counselors. Through existing partnerships with the Pittsburgh Public Schools and surrounding school systems, the School seeks to attract and retain eligible and talented graduate students to its programs.

The School is particularly interested in attracting graduate students from minority populations who are able to meet the complex needs of youth in urban schools. These needs include direct instruction, emotional and psychological support, strong administrative leadership, and the ability to furnish counseling services to transform the emotional landscape in schools for the urban school population.

Student Research and Development Funds: The School is particularly interested in encouraging students to conduct research in partnership with area schools. Such projects hone students’ scholarly skills while providing direct benefits to professional educators and their pupils in real-world settings. These funds can be used for research materials, supplies, time, travel and other expenses related to data gathering and analysis, as well as for the dissemination of project outcomes at regional, national and international conferences.

Post-Doctoral Fellowships: Through post-doctoral fellowships, the School of Education seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. The awards will be made to individuals who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Funding support for post-doctoral fellowships brings about an increased opportunity to attract and retain top-notch scholars from all across the United States.

Faculty Research and Development Funds: Faculty members also require support for research materials, supplies, time, travel and other expenses incurred in the course of their research, and for conference presentation and scholarly publication of their findings. These funds are a critical component of the School’s agenda for building mutually beneficial partnerships with professionals in the field.

Funding support for such efforts would allow the expertise of the School of Education faculty along with doctoral students to work on collaborative projects in classroom in concert with school personnel. This hands-on learning opportunity would also enhance our preparation of urban educators, counselors, school psychologists and administrators.

Naming of the School: The School of Education is proud of its rich tradition of providing educational experiences that transform lives—an education for the mind, heart and spirit. With that tradition as our core value, combined with our commitment to both faculty and student research and scholarship, a renamed school will enable the School of Education to aggressively recruit and retain top faculty as well as attract and retain quality students. Other uses under consideration include developing new faculty groups in academic areas not normally associated with education schools, expanding existing research centers, and launching programs to better leverage the school’s intellectual capital. The gift may also be used to support expansion of the school’s national as well as internal presence.