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. and which is hosted by The University of Alabama, Stillman College, Shelton State Community College and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).

Community Affairs Board of Advisors

The Division of Community Affairs advisory board highlighted its fall meeting with the announcement of an endowed scholarship and a rousing pep talk from a lifetime leader in community service.

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.

E. Roger Sayers Endowed Service Award

Dr. Samory T. Pruitt, vice president of the Division of Community Affairs, accepts the E. Roger Sayers Endowed Service Award from President Stuart R. Bell at the April 26, 2016 Faculty/Staff Meeting. 

Student Fulbright Awards

The University of Alabama has been recognized as a top producing institution for student Fulbright awards, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.


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.

STEM Entrepreneurship Academy

STEM Entrepreneurship Academy was established to encourage  entrepreneurship within STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) majors.

McLelland Receives National Dialogue Award

Director of Crossroads Community Center Lane McLelland is the recipient of the 2015 National Dialogue Award given by the National Sustained Dialogue Institute.

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Global Café

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

Parent Teacher Leadership Academy (PTLA)

The PTLA utilizes research-based practices to provide professional development to parent and teacher leaders who use their knowledge to support students’ achievement through strong family-school partnerships.

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.