At The University of Alabama, we define the scholarship of engagement as a partnership that joins together the specialized knowledge of the campus with the practical knowledge of the public to solve critical problems of interest to both.
Cameryn Blackmore, MPA, is a second-year PhD student studying political science. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, her research interests include public policy, educational policy and community engagement. Blackmore enjoys learning about how community-engagement research can bridge the gap between universities and the communities they serve, noting that universities are often disconnected from the communities in which they are located. She serves as secretary of SCOPE.
A native of Birmingham, Adriane Sheffield is a doctoral candidate in the field of educational psychology, studying through UA’s College of Education. She has been an educator for 13 years. Her dissertation work focuses on autonomy-supportive practices of teachers in STEAM-rich (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) environments and the impact on elementary students. Sheffield’s interest in community-engaged scholarship began early in her graduate career and has continued to grow and develop throughout her program. Community-engaged scholarship allows her to combine two of her greatest passions: her love for learning/effecting change through scholarly endeavors and her desire to empower and equip those in the community in which she lives and serves. Her hobbies include writing for children, singing and baking. She serves as president of SCOPE.
Tera "CeeCee" Johnson is a senior psychology major from Waynesboro, Mississippi. A student assistant at the Center for Community-Based Partnerships — an initiative of the Division of Community Affairs — Johnson became interested in community engaged research because it combines her passion for working with people and her interest in research. She serves as secretary of Resonance Show Choir, as president of ONE Campus and as vice president of SCOPE. She enjoys reading, music and hiking.