Who we are

The Division of Community Affairs is helping the University fulfill its mission to advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of Alabama through innovative programs that connect our mission of teaching, research, and service in ways that improve the quality of life for individuals and communities.


Dr. Aijun Song
Faculty, College of Engineering

UA Vote Everywhere

Samuel Reece
Alumnus, College of Arts and Sciences

Addressing Wastewater Infrastructure Challenges in the Black Belt

Jillian Maxcy-Brown
Graduate Student, College of Engineering

C.H.O.I.C.E. (Choosing to Help Others in our Community Excel)

Emefa Butler
Perry County, AL

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Benjamin Barnes YMCA

LaKeda Smith
Tuscaloosa County, AL

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Project FAITHH

Dr. Pamela Payne-Foster
Faculty, College of Community Health Sciences

Spotlight on Engagement


Engaged Scholarship at UA

Community Affairs provides research seed funding, recognition programs, and the publication of the leading international peer-reviewed journal on the scholarship of community/university partnership and engagement, all of which support the efforts of faculty, staff, students, and community partners.

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Engagement Scholarship Consortium

The University of Alabama is a member institution of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC), a non-profit educational organization, composed of higher education member institutions, a mix of state-public and private institutions. ESC's goal is to work collaboratively to build strong university-community partnerships anchored in the rigor of scholarship and designed to help build community capacity.

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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. JCES integrates teaching, research, and community engagement in all disciplines, addressing critical problems identified through a community-participatory process.

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Professional Growth and Development

The Division of Community Affairs offers a variety of programs that support the professional growth of UA’s faculty, staff, students, and community partners. These programs are grounded in the theoretical foundations of community engagement, built on the principles of authentic partnership, and designed to enhance participants’ scholarly work.

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