Faculty, Community Members Partner to Support Civic Learning

Community partnerships create meaningful opportunities for teaching, learning, and research. These collaborations also benefit students, faculty and partners alike by examining social issues that touch Pittsburgh's communities. For the spring 2020 semester, The Center for Catholic Faith and Culture and the Center for Community Engaged Teaching and Research initiated The Collaborative Teaching for the Common Good grant, designed to support a dedicated community partner who works hand-in-hand with a faculty member on a course that addresses specific community concerns and their relation to principles of the Common Good.

Funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, a $6,000 grant was awarded to each of the following co-teaching teams:

Dr. Erik Garret, Communications, with Rev. Tim Smith, CEO, Center of Life, Hazelwood
COMM 114: Introduction to Exploring Intercultural Communication
Students will engage with members of Hazelwood and learn about the culture of this diverse neighboring community and see the pressures and fears of gentrification. 

Drs. Cathleen Appelt, Sociology; Jessica Devido, Nursing;  and Andrew Simpson, History, with Ms. Terri Baltimore, Hill District Community advocate
SOCIO 203: Sociology of Aging 
Students will focus on health issues and policies related to healthy aging and the racial/health disparities between elders of their own community as well as with residents from the Hill District

The faculty and their respective community partners prepared thoughtful plans for substantive collaboration in course planning, instruction, and assessment. Our students will benefit from their shared leadership of the course.