Student to Scholar

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.

About Us


Connect with other students interested in community engaged research through undergraduate and graduate planned activities, workshops, events, and conferences


Receive assistance in grant writing, have access to specialized grant programs, and be eligible to participate in community-based grant programs


Assist or conduct community-based research with faculty and community members, present or attend research conferences, and/or publish or review scholarly articles


Volunteer with or develop and pilot community-based programs that address critical community needs


Interact with faculty across campus, community members, and community organizations such as nonprofits, government organizations, schools, small businesses, and religious institutions


Receive mentoring from faculty, staff, and community members that have an interest in community engagement


Cameryn Blackmore


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.

Adriane Sheffield


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.

CeeCee Johnson

Vice President

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.

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