Group of students

Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research

The Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research welcomes support in the following areas:

General Activity Support with Center Naming Rights: This support comes with the opportunity to name the Center.

Community Engagement Scholars Program with Naming Rights: This selective program recruits undergraduate students and engages them in leadership and community engagement development. They serve as liaisons between community-engaged classes and local community organizations. Funding is needed to support orientation, training, and stipends for participating students.

Public Problem Solving Planning Institutes: As the University launches community-engaged teaching and research as components of the undergraduate experience and faculty workload, disciplinary and interdisciplinary work groups will convene as institutes to identify the social and environmental issues they seek to address. The purpose of each institute is to develop teaching and research agendas that are animated by a theory of change model.

Collective Impact Assessment: As teaching and research agendas are designed that address a variety of public problems, the University needs to establish a model of collective impact assessment that discerns the University's ability affect change within a particular issue area across a range of projects and programs. Support is needed for the development and implementation of collective impact assessment.

Scholarships: Establishing scholarships, particularly for students of color who demonstrate a commitment to community service, will enable students to become community change agents through their Duquesne experience and involvement with the Center.

Intentional Living Arrangements: Students within each intentional living house, a residence in one of the communities local to the University, will receive free housing in exchange for their participation as leaders within the Center. Programming for residents of these houses will be provided at the house and in the surrounding community.

Graduate Research Assistantships: Graduate research assistants will investigate community-based issues relevant to specific neighborhoods of interest.

Community-Engaged Research Activities: Each year, faculty are awarded community-engaged research seed funds through the Provost's office. These faculty partner with established community-based leaders to research issues pertinent to the Pittsburgh region. Awards are renewable for up to two years and recipients are expected to generate additional external funds beyond the term of the award.

Faculty Fellowships: Each year, five faculty who have proven themselves to be Master Community-Engaged Teachers are given a fellowship to share their teaching expertise with their faculty peers through one-on-one consultation and workshops. In mentoring emerging community-engaged teachers, these fellows bolster the quality of community-engaged learning classes across the University and significantly enhance the human capacity of the Center to serve faculty.

Transportation Resources: The biggest challenge to successful community-engaged learning experiences is getting students to and from community sites. Not all sites are on public transportation lines, and not all public transit options are reliable or run on schedules conducive to a student's class schedule. Smaller forms of transit, such as mini-vans that groups of students could sign-out, would greatly alleviate this challenge.

Annual Speaker Series: External, renowned experts on community-engagement would be welcomed to the University to speak about their work and to work with our faculty on community-engaged teaching and research development.

Teaching and Research Workspace: Currently located in a Victorian-era row house on the northern edge of campus, the Center requires inviting and functional office and meeting space for students, faculty, and community partners in addition to its staff.

Research Laboratory Funds: Community-engaged research often requires meeting space, data analysis software, research assistants, and data collection technology, such as video cameras and voice recorders.