Depaul
THE IRWIN W. STEANS CENTER
FOR COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICE LEARNING & COMMUNITY SERVICE STUDIES

 

 

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Transformative Teaching and Research

 

Any faculty member can employ service learning pedagogy in any DePaul course.  Doing so, transforms the classroom into a dynamic space for teaching at the intersections of experiential, written, visual and other texts.

 

At the Steans Center, we can assist you with creating a compelling teaching strategy informed by community engagement in the interest of building assets of Chicago communities. 

 

Tap our human and financial support to pursue your interests in community-based research with students and to produce scholarship based on community engaged teaching and learning.

 

Through building community-campus partnerships for teaching and learning, the Center works to ensure diverse value systems, developed by community-based experts, are promoted within DePaul's curriculum and scholarship.   

 

 

 

Academic Service Learning (ASL) at DePaul 

 

ASL at DePaul refers to integration of the service-learning pedagogy into the university's curriculum.  The Center engages in community-based service learning which means that all forms of student service are driven and defined by DePaul community partners.  

 

DePaul generally divide service-learning into four categories: 

 

 

Direct Service

Students engage in service that directly benefits an organization's existing programming (e.g., tutoring, providing health screenings)

 

Project-based Service

Students produce a tangible product by the end of the term (e.g., creating a website, PR plan, assessing organizational recruitment strategies).

 

Community-based Research

Students contribute to a research effort defined and driven by a community partner.

 

Advocacy

Students support an ongoing campaign to address a critical social, economic, and/or environmental issue in Chicago or internationally.

 

 

The Center offers an effective way to identify CBOs to engage in any of the above forms of academic service learning and to further develop faculty research and scholarship focused on Chicago area and international contexts. We can help you find interdisciplinary academic partners, in the community, at DePaul and at other universities.

 

The Center can also help you recruit, pay for, and deploy undergraduate and graduate students to support community-based research and scholarship linked to your teaching.

 

 

 

Benefits of ASL

 

Link teaching and learning to civic engagement & advocacy

 

Enrich curriculum with meaningful contexts for learning

 

Enhance students' mastery of content and analytical and critical thinking skills

 

Identify applied research collaborations and/or scholarly projects

 

Provide practical experience for students in career areas

 

Contribute to building organizational capacity for nonprofits

 

Build nonprofit assets through alliance with DePaul

 

Provide needed support for direct service programs

 

Offer resource development through projects and research

 

Expose youth to university students and college life



 


 

 

Who to Contact:

                                             

Faculty and Departmental Service Learning Initiatives:  Helen Damon-Moore,  hdamonmo@depaul.edu

 

Developing Your First Service Learning Course:  Jeffrey Howard,  jhowar15@depaul.edu

 

Infusing Community-Based Research into Curriculum:  Howard Rosing,  hrosing@depaul.edu

 

Assistance with the service learning site placement process: Rubén Álvarez Silva,  RSILVAAL@depaul.edu

 
 

 


 

 

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Developing a Course

 

 

Typical Service Learning Course Development Process

 

 1.         Faculty or community organization initiates the idea for a course/project/service component

 

 2.         Consultation with the Steans Center and faculty are invited to workshops

 

 3.         Faculty member Identifies and visits community sites and aligns learning objectives

 

 4.         Community partner clarifies expectations and affirms service benefits

 

 5.         Center staff and community partner visits class early in the quarter

 

 6.         Center assists students in getting oriented in community and tracking hours  

 

 7.         Center Service learning Coordinators monitor student progress 

 

 8.         Service Learning course evaluation sent to students, faculty and community partners 

 

 

 

 

Successful Service Learning Practice 

 

Fosters reflection through in-class discussion and relevant assignments 

 

Considers systemic social issues within service context

 

Includes assessing community resources and interest through visit sites

 

Involves drafting learning goals and assignments (see the faculty workbook)

 

Describes service activity in line with course objectives in syllabus

 

Prepares students for service in the classroom (or online)

 

Grades for learning outcome of service (e.g., in assignments) not for service itself

 

 

 

Steans Center Support Includes:

 

Information about and training on service learning pedagogy 

 

Assisting with identifying community partner organizations

 

Serving as a liaison between the university and the community

 

Support on logistical, risk management, and troubleshooting issues

 

Monitoring of student progress, challenges and success

 

Evaluation of service learning pedagogy to improve use

 

Support for converting service learning pedagogy into scholarship

 

Assisting in developing community-based research projects linked to service-learning

 

 

Sample Project/Service-Based Assignments

 

Interviews/Survey (created or implement with community partner)
Data analysis
Web site
Research/consulting
Musical Score
Performance Art/theatre piece
Photography/video
Record historical or contemporary narratives
Blogging/writing of all kinds
Teach skills/language/content to others/tutoring
Creating curriculum
Fairs (health, culture, college)

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Contact: Helen Damon-Moore hdamonmo@depaul.edu

 


 

Community-Based Research (CbR) and Scholarship of Engagement

 

The Steans Center assists faculty and students in the development and implementation of research projects created in collaboration with community partners. Interested faculty should consider the Community-based Research Faculty Fellowship which supports faculty in a year-long research project that involves their students.

 

The Center provides opportunities for faculty to hire students to become CbR Research Assistants for courses integrating CbR into learning objectives.  

 

Contact: Howard Rosing hrosing@@depaul.edu

 

 

 


 

 

Scholarship of Engagement

 

The scholarship of engagement is conceptualized as involving faculty in the community in ways that benefit the community and advance the faculty member's scholarship. It may involve students or not. It is a parallel activity to service-learning. It may be conceptualized as a model of scholarship that involves and benefits a community and advances a faculty member's scholarship.

 

Resources
 

Scholarship of Engagement Toolkit co-developed by Jeff Howard, DePaul Universityt and Tim Stanton, Stanford University, identifies a plethora of web-based resources and articles related to community-engaged scholarship.
 

National Campus Compact 
 

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health 

 

Contact: Jeffrey Howard  jhowar15@depaul.edu

 

 

 


 

 

Grants and Conferences

 

DePaul Public Service Council (PSC)

 

The PSC offers course development grants that promote service-learning within the curriculum. The council also provides funding for research on service-learning pedagogy as well as research with community partners.  Departments can seek grants for program-wide community engagement initiatives.

 

The Steans Center has support for faculty to attend national, regional, and state-wide conferences devoted to service-learning and community engagement.  

 

To see a comprehensive list, visit Campus Compact at www.compact.org.
 

 

 

 


 

 

Faculty Profiles

 

 

 

 

Adrienne M. Holloway

Assistant Professor, School of Public Service Course: MPS 573 Urban Community Development

 

 

Miles Harvey

Associate Professor, English Course: ENG 373 Creative Writing and Social Engagement

 

 

Juana Goergen

Associate Professor, Modern Languages Courses: LST 308 Motherhood in Latino Communities; LST 303 Borderlands ; PAX 212 Social Justice/Social Change; PAX 240 Narratives of War for Peace Building

 

 

Euan Hague

Professor, Geography Course: GEO 133 Urban Geography

 

 

Jeff Kowalkowski

Instructor, School of Music Courses: MUS 208 Community Audio Art

 

 

Karen Larimer

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing Course: NSG 431 Health Promotion for Families and Communities

 

 


 

 

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       Student Feedback

 

        What DePaul students are saying.....

 

This experience has shaped my view on what the impact of this work can be. It’s so exciting to be helping someone get to the point where they can do what they want with their life.

 

The experience takes you out of your bubble and exposes you to different people and cultures. You get to see other ways of living that you can’t get in a textbook.

 

Being in the community is an invaluable experience – it brings out the issues in real time. I really believe there should be more courses with service learning components to supplement what is being taught in classrooms.

 

Service Learning completely transformed the way I learn, the way, I understand society and the way I plan to work in the future.  These experiences have really inspired me to seek employment in work that services a community in need in a way that is in line with my personal values.  

 

 

 

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