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For Faculty

Student and Community Partner collaborate at service learning site.

About the Steans Center

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

We look forward to helping you connect your students to our community through workshops, consultation, conversation on experiential education, and funded opportunities.

We can also 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.

Community-based Service Learning

Community-based Service Learning is a form of experiential education that engages students in addressing issues of social justice while reflecting on their work in structured ways; service learning work is built on developing authentic relationships among students, faculty, and community partners (Mitchell 2008).

The Steans Center offers many resources to instructors interested in using community-based service learning as a dimension of their teaching and anyone interested in learning more; one good online resource is Jeffrey Howard’s Principles of Good Practice in Service Learning course design workbook (Howard, 2001).

Professor Lisa Dush
"
The students in my “Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse” course helped the parent-leaders with whom they worked to have a rich reflective experience and to learn new storytelling and media-editing skills."
-Professor Lisa Dush
  • Course Development

    Steans Center Faculty and Community Partner Workshop

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

  • Course Management

    CbSL Biology Course

    Everything you need to do to run and maintain your Service Learning Course.

  • Engaged Faculty Opportunities

    Community Engagement at CARA

    Information on opportunities to pursue your 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.