11th Excellence in Community Engagement Awards

The University of Alabama honored the campus and community’s best examples of engagement scholarship and recognized other community-related activities at the Council on Community-Based Partnership’s annual awards ceremony April 14, 2017.

Community Affairs Board of Advisors

The Community Affairs Board of Advisors announced scholarships and grants at the wrap-up session of their second annual meeting Monday, April 3.

UA Crossroads Organizes a Day of Service and Dialogue

A group of UA students, including Ibrahi Albannay from Saudi Arabia, resurfaced the playground at Crestmont Elementary School in Northport as part of UA Crossroads' Serve Better Together spring 2017 project.

Parent Teacher Leadership Academy (PTLA) Graduation

Nearly 200 graduates, family members, school representatives and program associates gathered to honor the 50 parents and 43 teachers who were members of the 2016-2017 Parent Teacher Leadership Academy on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Student Fulbright Awards

For the 2017–2018 competition period, 14 University of Alabama students have been selected as Fulbright award winners, with the possibility of one more to be named later. This year’s total sets a record number of awardees for UA in the prestigious international exchange program.

2017 Realizing the Dream Banquet

This year’s theme, Realizing the Dream Through Acts of Courage and Compassion, highlighted the 28th annual event series, which celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hosted by The University of Alabama, Stillman College, Shelton State Community College and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).

Health and Wellness with Saving Lives

Saving Lives is a university-community faith-based health literacy and wellness program developed for congregations in rural and urban areas in the South.

Seven Present Work At Annual Conference

A 31-member delegation represented The University of Alabama at the 17th Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference, held October 11–12 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Global Café

UA students and community members share traditions and cultures, learn about local opportunities, and meet new friends at Global Café.

Center for Community-Based Partnerships (CCBP)

The CCBP's vision is of a University whose resources and strengths are made available through partnerships in communities throughout the state, nation and world to help solve society’s critical problems.

Council on Community-Based Partnerships

The Council connects faculty, staff, students and community partners in research-based projects designed to solve critical problems identified collaboratively by community members and the University.

Community Collaborations

Community Collaborations continually brings together different parts of the community in ways that are beneficial to both The University and community.

Crossroads Community Center

Crossroads Community Center is an initiative of the Division of Community Affairs. They offer intercultural engagement opportunities to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus.

Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship

The Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship (JCES) is a peer-reviewed international journal through which faculty, staff, students, and community partners disseminate scholarly works.

Innovation

The Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship (JCES) is a peer-reviewed international journal through which faculty, staff, students, and community partners disseminate scholarly works.

Expertise

Dr. Samory T. Pruitt has been named president of the Board of Directors for the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, an international group of universities that promote engaged scholarship.

Excellence

Since 2006, the Council on Community-Based Partnerships has been recognizing innovation in community engagement at the Annual Excellence in Community Engagement Awards.

A Message from the Vice President

This message is intended for our friends and partners both on and off campus. We hope you will visit the site often, for it is our most important communication tool in our dual role as UA’s leader in engaged scholarship and intercultural relations.

While the terms “scholarship of engagement” or “engaged scholarship” — the terms are interchangeable — has been around for years, they may not be familiar to everyone. First used by Ernest Boyer in a 1996 article published in the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Boyer sought nothing less than to redefine the role of higher education. He advocated a move away from scholarship as the “application of academic expertise” to a scholarship that creates partnerships between higher education and communities. He further argued that engaged scholarship integrates the often-conflicting faculty roles of teaching, research and service, seeing them instead as different aspects of a common purpose. Since Boyer, engaged scholarship has come to mean collaboration between knowledge professionals on campuses and the lay public for mutual benefit.