Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship (The University of Alabama)


Contact: Editor, Cassandra Simon, jces@ua.edu

Peer-reviewed journal published twice a year, print and online. Manuscripts accepted from all academic disciplines and all methodologies that advance the scholarship of engagement. Now in its fifth year, the journal is funded in part by the Engagement Scholarship Consortium (formerly National Outreach Scholarship Conference) and has received high praise nationally and internationally not only for its content but also for its aesthetics (striking covers, photographs, color). A distinguished editorial board is represented by leading scholars form three nations, 34 universities, 20 states, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Submit manuscripts and questions to jces@ua.edu. To subscribe and to purchase copies of individual articles or issues, send an email to aharper@uapress.edu.

AlabamaREAL & Capstone Entrepreneurship Camp

This program is an initiative of The University of Alabama's Center for Community-Based Partnerships and the College of Commerce and Business Administration linking University resources to Alabama's public schools. It supports delivery of entrepreneurship education, development of school-based enterprises as academic learning environments, and increases awareness of entrepreneurship as a critical and effective economic strategy. The program offers assistance through workshops, classroom presentations, and curriculum activities that utilize the experiential learning cycle. It covers a wide array of business topics, including production of a business plan. AlabamaREAL often partners with internal UA and external programs to assist with youth leadership, personal finance, and entrepreneurship education.

For the past five years, AlabamaREAL has supported the Capstone Entrepreneurship Camp where students from the Alabama's Black Belt region attend a week-long, residential camp exposing them to The University of Alabama campus, entrepreneurship as a career option, and the role of entrepreneurship in economic development. Beginning in 2013, the program will be expanded to the STEM Entrepreneurship Academy and include engaging students in a year-long process.
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Black Belt 100 Lenses

Black Belt 100 Lenses Project is a cooperative venture between the Center for Community-Based Partnerships, the Black Belt Community Foundation, and public and private schools in the Black Belt. The project draws upon and extends photovoice methodology to combine photography and film with grassroots social action.
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The Black Belt Community Foundation Faith-Based and Health Initiative

This initiative of the Division of Community Affairs, UA's Institute for Rural Health Research, the Black Belt Community Foundation, and the Center for Community-Based Partnerships educates and encourages faith-based organizations to assist with community development and community education efforts in the Black Belt region.
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Community Engagement Research "” Education Focus

The Office of Community Education, in collaboration with faculty who serve on the CCBP Council, provides mentorship and research opportunities for graduate students who are interested in pursuing community-engaged research that addresses educational issues.

Educational Evaluation, Grant Writing and Proposal Support

In partnership with the College of Education, the Office of Community Education has completed evaluations of the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative (AMSTI).

Engineers Without Borders

UA's chapter of Engineering Without Borders has formed a partnership with the local health department in Hale County and the HERO Center to replace or improve water lines and sewage in rural Hale County. The students have also joined forces with CCBP and local government officials in Hale County to revitalize rundown recreational facilities such as backstops and dugouts for softball and baseball fields.
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GK-12 Sustainable Energy Systems (National Science Foundation)

The CCBP staff has worked closely with the dean and staff members of the College of Engineering to secure the funding of a National Science Foundation Grant. The NSF grant will increase the professional caliber of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics graduate students and equip them to be future leaders in academia and industry, and to provide resources and support for the newly formed State of Alabama high school engineering academies.
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HEROES is an after-school Supplemental Educational Services program approved by the Alabama State Department of Education under the No Child Left Behind Act that focuses on improving reading comprehension and writing skills in elementary school-aged students by allowing them to read and write about individuals around the world and in their local communities whom they view as heroes.

Hispanic Community Services

The Office of Community Education provides free language education to both English speakers and those who speak English as a second language through the Language Lab housed at CCBP. The Language Lab is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and uses Rosetta Stone software.

Parent Leadership Academy

The Parent Leadership Academy was established in 2007 and has gradually been expanded to serve all of the public schools in the Tuscaloosa City and Tuscaloosa County school districts. CCBP staff work closely with the Colleges of Education and Human Environmental Sciences and the Tuscaloosa City and County school districts to provide leadership training for parents nominated by principals.
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