Office of Service-Learning

Murphy Building
20 Chatham Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Email: servicelearning@duq.edu
Phone: 412.396.5893
Fax: 412.395.2144

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    Community-Engaged Scholarship

    To name and claim community-engaged scholarship at Duquesne University, we look to our experienced community-engaged colleagues at the University and to the national dialogue about engaged scholarship. ACES makes space for these resources to coalesce. Hosted by faculty, highlighting innovative CES projects, and co-sponsored by Academic Community Engagement and the Office of Research, ACES gatherings encourage the development of a community of engaged scholars at Duquesne.

    The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching defines community engagement as "the collaboration between institutions of higher education 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."

    The Faculty Handbook (2012, p. 3) relates scholarship as an expectation of Duquesne faculty and goes on to describe how scholarship (along with teaching and service) is oriented to benefit the communities the University serves: "a basic goal of Duquesne University is to support a community dedicated to the discovery, enhancement, and communication of knowledge and to the free and diligent pursuit of truth, in order to provide society with men and women able and willing to act as wise, creative, and responsible leaders."

    Thus, at Duquesne, community-engaged scholarship could be described as the discovery, enhancement, communication of knowledge, and pursuit of truth in mutually-beneficial collaboration with the larger community in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

    For more information about academic community-engaged scholarship at Duquesne, please view our informational brochure.
    About ACES

    Increasingly, Duquesne faculty are identifying a range of their scholarly activities as community-engaged.

    While there is variation in current terminology (public scholarship, scholarship of engagement, community-engaged scholarship), engaged scholarship is defined by the collaboration between academics and individuals outside the academy -- knowledge professionals and the lay public (local, regional/state, national, global) -- for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

    Community-Engaged Scholarship "redefines faculty scholarly work from application of academic expertise to ... that [which] involves the faculty member in a reciprocal partnership with the community, is interdisciplinary, and integrates faculty roles of teaching, research, and service." (New England Resource Center for Higher Education)

    Read more about recent and current CES projects detailed in the Duquesne Magazine.

    For Faculty

    The director of Academic Community Engagement currently supports faculty who are looking to develop CES projects in the following ways:

    • Consulting on CES methods and publication/presentation venues
    • Introducing faculty to potential CES community partners
    • Convening faculty who self-identify as Community Engaged Scholars.

    To contact the director of Academic Community Engagement, Lina Dostilio, email dostilioL@duq.edu or call 412-396-5893.

    Resources

    A number of scholarly associations and publication venues support CES. This list is not exhaustive. For more resources, please contact director of Academic Community Engagement, Lina Dostilio, email dostilioL@duq.edu or call 412-396-5893.

    Engagement Scholarship Consortium: provides an association and annual meeting for engaged scholars.

    Community Campus Partnerships for Health: provides many resources for health-based community-based participatory research

    Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement: advances theory and practice related to all forms of outreach and engagement between higher education institutions and communities.

    Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education: showcases the new disciplinary and/or pedagogical knowledge generated by engagement with the community.

    Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship: promotes the centrality and importance of all persons involved in finding solutions to the problems addressed by engagement scholarship work.