The Public Service Council (PSC) assists faculty in incorporating meaningful public service and service learning into their coursework. The council currently supports grant programs for instruction and research as well as a series of annual faculty awards for service. Inquiries may be directed to PSC@depaul.edu.
The PSC furthers the mission of DePaul by broadening the opportunities for students, faculty and staff to apply their specialized expertise in ways that will contribute to the social, economic, cultural and ethical quality of life in the Chicago metropolitan area, especially in low-income underserved communities. Public service is understood as activities that carry resources from the university into the community. The Public Service Council seeks to promote projects that provide service learning experiences that benefit both the student and the community.
Service learning benefits both the student and the community. This reciprocal relation differentiates service learning from experiential learning. Experiential learning brings the student out of the classroom and into the community, but the benefits of experiential learning are focused on the student rather than the student and the community. Experiential learning projects are valuable and should be expanded, but the proper source of DePaul support for these projects is the Quality of Instruction Council.
Public Service Council Programs
Public Service Council Members
||Writing, Rhetoric & Discourse
||Computing & Digital Media
||Driehaus College of Business
||The Theatre School
||School for New Learning
||Academic Affairs, URC Chair
||Community-based Service Learning