Office of Service-Learning

Murphy Building
20 Chatham Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone: 412.396.5893
Fax: 412.395.2144

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    Academic Community Engagement

    Community engagement describes "the collaboration between higher education institutions and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity."

    -Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

    When engagement with the community occurs through teaching and research, it falls under the umbrella of academic community engagement.


    At Duquesne University, there are three major academic community engagement initiatives:

    Engaged Teaching

    The Duquesne expression of community-engaged teaching and learning is Service-Learning, which is a teaching method that is used extensively throughout all majors and degrees. Faculty members work with community partners to develop meaningful community projects that help students achieve the course learning objectives for their classes.

    Engaged Scholarship

    There are many names for scholarly work that is engaged with the community. At Duquesne University, Academic Community-Engaged Scholarship (ACES) is a collaborative group that meets to encourage the development of community-engaged scholars at Duquesne. The association, hosted by faculty members and co-sponsored by Academic Community Engagement and the Office of Research, also highlights innovative community-engaged scholarship projects and provides an opportunity to collaborate with one another, particularly the sharing of resources.

    Community-University Partnerships

    In addition to the number of partnerships that develop with community-based organizations through other forms of academic community engagement, the university maintains mulit-sector partnerships with historically significant communities, which broadly involve community agency staff, community leaders, residents, entrepreneurs, K-12 educators, legislators, faculty members, university students, and university administrators.

    ♦  Hill District Duquesne Collective (HDDC)

    ♦  Hazelwood Partnership