Above: Annette Watters, chair of the Seed Fund Committee, presents information about the Alabama Entrepreneurial Research Network, at the 2010 National Outreach Scholarship Conference in Raleigh, N.C.

Faculty Partnerships for Engagement Scholarship

Community Affairs provides seed funding.

The Center for Community-Based Partnerships (CCBP) seed funds program has had an impact on a wide variety of communities and groups. They include local organizations, UA students, Tuscaloosa city and county students and teachers, institutions of higher education across Alabama, local and regional non-profit organizations, and low-income communities and families in the Black Belt region of Alabama.

Over the last four years, Community Affairs has granted over $180,000 in seed funds for research in the area of community engagement. The seed funds have sparked some $2.5 million in additional research grants.

Division of Community Affairs provides opportunity for publication.

The Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship (JCES) is designed to fill a demand for research that integrates teaching, research and community engagement in all disciplines, addressing critical problems identified through a community-participatory process. JCES reaches not only professional scholars but also undergraduate students, community partners and the general public.

JCES was launched in 2008 with the goal of being “a different kind of research journal,” according to the editor, Dr. Cassandra Simon, associate professor social work, because of the emerging need to increase access to research-based solutions to long-term societal problems. JCES has completed its fourth year of publishing, and during that time has received international acclaim.

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