Community Affairs Launches New Student Community Engagement Center

New center to expand student opportunities for community-engaged scholarship.

Relevance. Reciprocity. Resilience. Research.

"These four concepts best summarize how our University uses its resources and personnel to address issues and solve problems of critical importance in our state and in the larger society."

Read the 2018 Community Affairs Annual Report.

New Faculty Tour of Black Belt Reveals Progress, Challenges in the Region

“The importance of this annual tour is borne out by the growing number of successful engaged-scholarship projects that have been inspired by the tour.” 

PTLA Celebrates 2019 Graduation

“PTLA has given me the opportunity to reach back out to the community,” he said. “And school won’t work without the community.” Curtis Gosa, Westlawn Middle School Teacher

Student Fulbright Awards

For the 2018–2019 competition period, 15 University of Alabama students have been selected for Fulbright Awards. The University of Alabama is a nationally ranked Top Producer of Fulbright Student Award Winners.

Community Affairs Board of Advisors

The Community Affairs Board of Advisors undertook a new endeavor on Sept. 10, holding its first fundraising gala in downtown Birmingham at the Harbert Center.

UA Crossroads Facilitates Practicing Inclusive Engagement (P.I.E.) workshops

Students, faculty, and community members engage in a series of interactive experiences designed to increase cultural competency skills and introduce practices that foster a more inclusive and welcoming environment. 

Legacy Awards Banquet Recognizes Three for Servant Leadership

On Jan. 18, as part of this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Realizing the Dream celebration, ABC News “Nightline” co-anchor and Emmy award-winning journalist Byron Pitts delivered an inspiring address more than 450 guests.

Pruitt Welcomes Attendees to Annual ESC Conference

Dr. Samory T. Pruitt, vice president for Community Affairs and board president of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, presided over the opening session on October 2 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

University Sends 39-Member Delegation to ESC Conference

UA researchers presented their work at the 2018 annual conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

13th Excellence in Community Engagement Awards

This annual program recognizes faculty, community partners and students who work to change the lives of others through their engagement research efforts by granting seed funds, graduate fellowships, undergraduate scholarships, travel grants and a variety of other activities.

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 Engagement 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.


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.


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.


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.

Community Affairs

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