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The Gaultier Community-Engaged Teaching Fellowship

The Gaultier Community-Engaged Teaching Fellowship is sponsored by the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research. By creating a fellowship through which a faculty member shares successful community-engaged teaching strategies, assists emerging community-engaged teachers, and disseminates his or her promising practices in the form of an academic product, we hope to:

  • Establish cohorts of Master Teachers with expertise in particular facets of community-engaged teaching,
  • Advance a form of mentorship between master and emerging community-engaged teachers, and
  • Enhance 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.

2016-2017: Preparing Students for Effective Community-Engaged Learning
Students who have not been properly introduced to the rationale for community-engaged teaching; oriented to the history and culture of the community or environment in which they will be working; prepared for the community-based tasks they have been assigned; given opportunities to develop emerging levels of intercultural and intellectual humility; or equipped for the logistics of working in the community (such as taking public transportation) struggle to grasp the full benefit community- engaged learning experiences. 

2017-2018: Reflection
Critical, academic reflection is the tool that leverages the learning from community engagement. Disciplinarily-approached, critical forms of reflection are needed to move students from sharing their feelings about community-engaged experiences to making sense of them in light of disciplinary concepts, civic development, and students' development as scholars and citizens.  Developing innovative assignments across formats to promote critical reflection and yield evidence of student learning will be the focus of 2017-18. 

2015-2016 Gaultier Fellows

Dr. Erik Garrett
Dr. Erik Garrett, McAnulty College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Garrett will be sharing his efforts to support students who undertake complex, open-ended community projects within his classes.

Dr. Patricia Sheahan
Dr. Patricia Sheahan, School of Education
Dr. Sheahan will show others how to use artistic representations of injustice to help students understand theories of social justice and speak to how injustices might be addressed.

Dr. Ken Havrilla
Dr. Ken Havrilla, Rangos School of Health Sciences
Dr. Havrilla will be sharing his strategies to help students understand the community context from which potential patients come.

Ms. Autumn Redcross, McAnulty College of Liberal Arts

Ms. Autumn Redcross, is a doctoral student who holds the inaugural "Gaultier Graduate Fellowship." Ms. Redcross' project will help guide restorative practice work and democratic dialogues at Minadeo Elementary School. Ms. Redcross will involve a cross-disciplinary group of faculty and graduate students in this work.

Community-Engaged Research Grant Recipients

Support for refugee families with school-aged children in the Pittsburgh area through ethically-based community centers: an additive model for family engagement, student linguistic and academic development, and teacher preparation

This community-engaged research grant seeks to investigate ways that Turkish Cultural Center Pittsburgh can further develop and enrich their current activities in support of the Ahiska Turkish community. 


Dr. Laura Mahalingappa, School of Education

Anne Marie

Dr. Anne Marie Fitzgerald, School of Education


Dr. Nihat Polat, School of Education

Partnering Community Investigators:  

Bedrettin Tokgoz, Turkish Cultural Center Pittsburgh

Wise Women: an untapped community asset

This community-engaged research grant will lay the groundwork for a program of research and a larger scale application focused on improving maternal-child health in our region.


Dr. Jessica Devido, School of Nursing


Dr. Cathleen AppeltMcAnulty College of Liberal Arts

Partnering Community Investigators:

Paul Abernathy

Paul Abernathy, DirectorFOCUS Pittsburgh

Terri Baltimore

Terri Baltimore, Director of Neighborhood EngagementHill House Association


Celeta HickmanUJAMAA Collective

2014-2015 Gaultier Fellow

2013-2014 Gaultier Fellow

2012-2013 Gaultier Fellows