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About the Center

The Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research (CETR) is the administrative home of community-engaged teaching and research at Duquesne University. The Center supports and networks faculty, students, and community partners. It does so by

  • Stewarding the civic and justice-oriented nature of CETR as framed by the University's Spiritan charism;
  • Encouraging faculty to learn about and appreciate CETR, and to join a network of faculty peers who consider themselves to be community-engaged scholars;
  • Equipping faculty to practice innovative CETR through consultations, professional development programming, grants, logistic support, and in-print and web-based resources;
  • Introducing faculty to local communities and facilitating connections between faculty and community organizations;
  • Creating opportunities for students to gain leadership experience by supporting classes taught using CETR;
  • Helping faculty, students, and community partners navigate the University's administrative policies, procedures, and expectations so that they can successfully implement CETR; and
  • Advocating for the institutionalization of CETR and convening stakeholders to shape engagement at Duquesne. 
Class Support

• Course Design Consultation
• Introductions to Potential Community Partners
• Pre- and Post- Assessment
• In-class Presentations on Community-Engaged Learning
• Student and Faculty Guides to Community-Engaged Learning

CBO/Agency Support

• Administrative Support for Service Requests
• Introductions to Potential Faculty Partners
• Connections to Other Services at the University

Program Support

• Oversight for the Course Designation Process
• Policy Development to Foster Community-Engaged Learning Quality
• Program Evaluation
• Program Records, Statistics, and Data Management
• Strategic Planning
• Supervision for Supportive Initiatives, such as the Gaultier Teaching Fellows, Community Engagement Scholars Program, Community-Engaged Research Grants, and Faculty Development Opportunities