The Gaultier Community-Engaged Teaching Fellowship

The Gaultier Community-Engaged Teaching Fellowship, sponsored by the CETR,  enables faculty members to share successful community-engaged teaching strategies, assist emerging community-engaged teachers, and disseminate his or her promising practices in the form of an academic product. Through the Gaultier Fellowship, CETR hopes to contribute to future generations of community-engaged teachers by:

  • Establishing cohorts of Master Teachers with expertise in particular facets of community-engaged teaching
  • Advancing a form of mentorship between master and emerging community-engaged teachers
  • Enhancing the quality of community-engaged learning experiences for Duquesne undergraduates.

Each year, a theme is established within the call for applications that reflects an aspect of community-engaged teaching that needs to be strengthened at Duquesne. Faculty who have found strategies to address the challenges represented in the theme are encouraged to apply. By establishing a theme for each cohort, we are able to create a critical mass of Master Teachers who have a vehicle to share much-needed expertise in important aspects of community-engaged teaching.

2019-2020 Theme: Sustainability

To realize the ambitious goal of contributing positively to the development of community in the local, national, and global arenas partnerships and their related programs, processes, and initiatives must be sustained over a significant period of time. Sustainable development can only be achieved by balancing the tradeoffs among the three systems that intersect to inform our world: environmental, economic, and social. Acknowledging this crucial component of community-engaged work, developing and measuring sustainable partnerships, efforts, revenue streams, etc. to realize long-term impact in community will be the focus of the 2019-2020 CETR Gaultier Teaching Fellowship.

2019-2020 Gaultier Fellows

Dr. Amy MatilaDr. Amy Mattila
Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences

Dr. Mattila currently partners with her occupational therapy faculty colleagues in a Pathways Grant, to facilitate and streamline the learning that students engage in throughout the community. Dr. Mattila's research agenda is heavily based in student learning outcomes in community-based practice, as well as the transformative learning that also occurs in these settings. Dr. Mattila incorporates innovative teaching methods to help students understand social determinants of health and the impact occupational therapy can have on populations in our area.

Dr. Sarah WrightDr. Sarah Breckenridge Wright
Assistant Professor of English, Medieval and Early Modern Literature, History of the English Language, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Sarah Breckenridge Wright is a professor of English with research and teaching interests in medieval literature and ecocriticism and theory. She founded and directed the TERRA learning community, which has been working with community partners Grow Pittsburgh, Grounded Strategies, and the Hill House Association since 2014 to promote sustainability in the Hill District. She and an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students have built and maintained a community garden and green spaces, working with neighborhood residents to achieve the "3 Es" of sustainability: environmental protection, social equity, and economic prosperity. Each of her projects are linked with a course in which students read poetry, non-fiction, and fiction that considers sustainable practice and ecological themes, including a class entitled "Confronting the Eco-Apocalypse" in which students read science fiction novels that hypothesize possible futures in which humankind confronts desertification, flooding, and GMOs.