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.

Transformation Through Community Collaboration

Read Transformation Through Community Collaboration, the Division of Community Affairs’ 2017 Annual Report.

Parent Teacher Leadership Academy Celebrates Graduation and 10-Year Anniversary

“Thank you, graduates, for your dedication, your collaboration, and your willingness to form partnerships that ultimately build community.”

12th 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.

Julissa Arce Gives 2018 Realizing the Dream Lecture

The Tuscaloosa community gathered at the Embassy Suites Hotel Ballroom on March 27 to engage in dialogue with Julissa Arce, advocate for immigrant rights and education and author of “My (Underground) American Dream.”

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 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.

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.

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.


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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