Office of Service Learning
General Faculty Support: The development of quality service-learning courses requires significant resources, including support for course development grants, research stipends, release time from normal teaching schedules, and funding for travel to national meetings and conferences.
Faculty Fellows Program: Over the course of the year, a cohort of five faculty members participates in a development program that helps them to explore, integrate, and implement community engagement with their teaching and research. Fellows are positioned to be campus authorities on the topics of service-learning and community-engaged research. Participants receive stipends and are expected to redesign one course and submit one article for publication in a national or international peer-reviewed journal.
Instructional DVD Series on Service-Learning: Using the University’s educational technology services, the office seeks to produce a short series of videos (10 minutes on each topic) that guide faculty members through the service-learning course development and community partnership processes. Part of the series will include a video that explains service-learning to students that can be used as an in-class resource. Topics will include: overview of service-learning; designing learning objectives; forming community partnerships; designing reflective assignments; assessing student learning; risk management; an overview of service-learning for students.
Community Engagement Scholars Program: Twenty undergraduate and graduate students are competitively selected to participate in a two-year student leadership and community engagement program. Participants are placed within academic departments throughout the University to assist the departments with the development of service-learning and community-engaged research activities. Funding is needed for tuition stipends and program administration (annual retreats, bi-weekly trainings, community service experiences, award luncheons, etc.).
Community Liaison: Duquesne’s 2010-2015 Strategic Plan emphasizes ongoing partnerships with organizations serving Pittsburgh neighborhoods, especially the Hill District. Support is needed to build these partnerships, including the dedication of staff time, holding community-university meet-and-greet events, conversation forums, and publicizing partnership opportunities in print and online.
Community Engagement Scholars Workspace with Naming Rights: The Office of Service-Learning recently moved to new quarters in a University-owned building at 20 Chatham Square. To provide a workspace for the Community Engagement Scholars, the facility needs to be outfitted with furnishings and equipment including computers; telephones; voicemail; a printer; a television with DVD player; and general office supplies.
Transportation Resources: Travel to and from service-learning sites is an ever-present challenge. To assist our students in delivering valuable services to their community sites, a small fleet of up to three vehicles is necessary.
International Service-Learning Faculty Group: As a uniquely Spiritan University, we seek global application to the service-learning program. Students have the opportunity to be of service to their local communities and should also be able to translate that ethic to become global citizens. These faculty members will seek opportunities to integrate international service-learning components into one or more of their classes. Participants will work with the staff of the OSL and Office of International Programs to seek out opportunities at one of the Spiritan missions throughout the world. Funds are needed to provide mini-grants that will assist them with travel and implementation costs.