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Support for Faculty

Student and Community Partner collaborate at service learning site.

The Steans Center of DePaul University provides an academic bridge between the university and communities of Chicago that supports student learning, community development, and faculty teaching and scholarship.

We support faculty through faculty workshops, one-on-one consultation, conversations on experiential education, and funded research opportunities.​

We can help you

  • Develop strong partnerships with community members and organizations.
  • Connect with other faculty members who are interested in community based service learning.
  • Employ an asset-based community development approach to teaching and scholarship


Community-based Service Learning ​​

Professor Lisa Dush Quote Box

Community-based Service Learning is a form of experiential education that engages students in addressing issues of social justice while reflecting on their academic work in structured ways; service learning pedagogy is built on developing authentic relationships between students, faculty, and community partners.


The Steans Center offers numerous resources to instructors interested in using community-based service learning as a dimension of their teaching. 



  • Course Development

    Steans Center Faculty and Community Partner Workshop

    We support development of courses that integrate meaningful service with academic learning. 

  • Course Management

    CbSL Biology Course

    Everything faculty need to do to run and maintain a Service Learning Course.

  • Engaged Faculty Opportunities

    Community Engagement at CARA

    Information on opportunities to pursue interests in community-based research, grants, conferences and more.

  • Resources

    Service Learning students lead yoga at Jugan Terrace

    Additional resources to assist you in creating a compelling teaching strategy informed by community engagement.

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