Call for Manuscripts for a Special Issue of JCES

January 26, 2012

The Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship (JCES) invites presenters and others to submit manuscripts related to the NOSC 2012 general theme PARTNER. INSPIRE. CHANGE. and any of these three tracks: Voice of the Student/Young Scholar, Voice of the Community-Partner Scholar, and Voice of the Senior Engaged Scholar.

NOSC 2012 will be held on the campus of The University of Alabama September 30–October 3.

Manuscripts should be either research articles on studies of impact, innovations, and practice stories from the field, or reflective essays on current and emerging trends, perspectives, issues, and challenges that fall under the general theme or specific tracks of the conference.

The deadline for submission is March 1, 2013. Submit your manuscripts as a a Microsoft Word attachment, following the formatting and style requirements of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, to jces@ua.edu.

JCES is one of two research journals supported by the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, which is the new name of the National Outreach Scholarship Conference (see http://www.outreachscholarship.org/). It 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.

PRAISE FOR JCES

August 5, 2011

Praise for Vol. 4, No. 1
“The best issue to date. Congratulations.” Dr. Robert Witt, president, The University of Alabama

“I just received my Spring 2011 issue of JCES. The look is great and the content is substantive. Thanks to you and your staff for great leadership and hard work in making JCES a strong, viable source and voice for engaged scholarship and practice. I am pleased to serve on the JCES Editorial Board.” Theodore Alter, Ph.D. co-director, Center for Economic and Community Development, Penn State University

Praise for Vol. 3, No. 2
“Congratulations to you and your staff on the absolutely first-rate issue of JCES. A nice standard to live up to.” Dr. Hiram E. (Hi) Fitzgerald, president, National Outreach Scholarship Conference; associate provost, Outreach and Engagement, Michigan State University

“Impressed with the appearance and substance of the journal. [JCES is] invaluable to practitioners and includes interesting and insightful contributions.” Theodore Alter, Ph.D. co-director, Center for Economic and Community Development, Penn State University

“I enjoy the journal and ‘kudos to the team.’ I am impressed with the cover and graphics, which are always quite appropriate to the topics therein.” Delicia Carey, Ph.D., mathematical statistician, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta

“The low rejection rates are impressive in that they indicate a commitment to authors success through a constructive review and revision process.” Susan Scherffius Jakes, Ph.D., extension assistant professor and extension specialist, Family and Community Development, North Carolina State University

Praise for Vol. 2, No. 1
“I have enjoyed the process as JCES has grown and matured. The journal fills an important niche and motivates students.” Nick Sanyal, Ph.D., associate professor, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho.

Praise for Vol. 1, No. 1
“How exciting to get the inaugural copy of JCES! … It was fun to see some of my favorite colleagues on the editorial board and as authors. The format is a nice break away from the usual … refreshing to read. Nancy K. Franz, Ph.D., Virginia Tech University

“It is impressive! Job well done.” Dr. David Mathews, president Kettering Foundation, Dayton, Ohio

“The journal looks wonderful.” Jay Lamar, Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities, Auburn University “Congratulations on the publication of the new Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship. This journal will provide an excellent opportunity for colleagues in the natural resources education and outreach field to publish their work.” Dr. Susan Donaldson, water quality education specialist; president, Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals.

“After reading your new journal, I now understand what engagement scholarship is about.” George McMillan, community volunteer, former lieutenant governor of Alabama.

JCES Conference Call Notes 2/23/2011

March 4, 2011

Staff members in attendance

Samory T. Pruitt, Ph.D., Publisher
Cassandra Simon, Ph.D., Editor
Edward Mullins, Ph.D., Production Editor
Heather Pleasants, Ph.D., Book Review Editor
Jessica Averitt Taylor, M.S.W., Assistant to the Editor

Board members in attendance

Marsha Adams, D.S.N., The University of Alabama
Theodore Alter, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Robert Bardon, Ph.D., North Carolina State University
Anna Sims Bartel, PhD, Private Consultant
Delicia Carey, Ph.D., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Hiram Fitzgerald, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Philip Greasley, Ph.D., University of Kentucky
Susan Jakes, Ph.D., North Carolina State University
Philip Johnson, Ph.D., The University of Alabama
Jay Lamar, Director, Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities, Auburn University
Jacob Oluwoye, Ph.D., Alabama A&M University
Michael Orok, Ph.D., Alabama A&M University
Nick Sanyal, Ph.D., University of Idaho
John Wheat, M.D., The University of Alabama

 

 

 

The meeting was opened by Dr. Pruitt, who expressed deep appreciation to the board members for their time and dedication. Dr. Simon also thanked the board for their work with the journal.

Dr. Oluwoye stated that he had taken his copy of JCES to conferences, and suggested that board members attending international conferences might take along copies of JCES to publicize the journal.

Dr. Fitzgerald said that his quote on our “Call for Manuscripts” flier conveyed his thoughts regarding JCES. He also described JCES as a “well-edited publication.”

Dr. Alter congratulated the editor and staff on getting JCES up and running, and said that he is impressed with the appearance and substance of the journal. Dr. Alter feels that JCES is invaluable to practitioners and includes interesting and insightful contributions. Furthermore, Dr. Alter has colleagues in Australia who might be interested in involvement with JCES.

Dr. Sanyal stated that JCES fills an important niche and motivates students.

Jay Lamar shared that Dr. Mullins’ recent visit to the Auburn campus was inspirational for students and faculty and instrumental in establishing connections. Dr. Alter pointed out the necessity of holding ourselves and our contributors to the highest standards of scholarship. On that note, Dr. Jakes noted that our rejection rate demonstrated our commitment to engaged scholarship scholars. However, she expressed concern about the length of time between acceptance of a manuscript and its publication date.

Dr. Simon stated that we are willing to work with our authors because this is a new area of scholarship. As JCES has become more established, and the field of engagement scholarship more founded, we have seen an increase in the quality of submissions, requiring less time on the production end to bring the manuscripts up to the quality we are looking for.

Our manuscript numbers were reviewed by Dr. Mullins.

Thus, with the final decision still pending on 21 submissions, our acceptance rate for the first three years was 50.8%.

Dr. Pruitt reviewed the many setting at which JCES has been represented Dr. Simon is very excited about our upcoming spring issue. Although not intentionally solicited/planned, we will present two international articles in the spring issue.

According to Dr. Mullins, the quality of manuscript submissions is steadily improving, including more accessible language, applicability beyond the traditional campus setting, and an increase in the number of relevant accompanying graphics. We intend to have video available on the JCES website www.jces.ua.edu over the next 18 months. Presented videos will be featured as enhancements to our manuscripts.

We have sent out a “Call for Manuscripts” in connection with the 2012 National Outreach Scholarship Conference (NOSC), to be hosted by The University of Alabama. The theme for NOSC 2012 is “Partner. Inspire. Change.” We hope to receive manuscripts that demonstrate all three commanding verbs in worthwhile projects, and will compile a special issue of JCES based on submission to the 2012 conference.

Dr. Greasley asked if we have a sense of the typical timeline for manuscript submissions to JCES, from receipt of the manuscript to time of publication (assuming acceptance). Dr. Simon replied that manuscripts in need of help tend to take longer (such as many of our earlier submissions), but more recent manuscript submissions have been increasingly impressive and enjoyed a turnaround time of about three months. We do have some residual (older/earlier) manuscripts that we have probably kept for too long due to the amount of effort required by the JCES team and editorial board. However, our more recent submissions are improving. Lately, we have noted that new submissions tend to require less work. This is related to the maturation of JCES and maturation within the field of community engagement and scholarship.

Dr. Pleasants provided an update on the book review section of JCES. Over the issues published so far, we included book reviews from four faculty members and five students. The reviews have tended to come from a variety of places, most notably with strong representation from universities with a stated engaged scholarship agenda. The books reviewed have mostly hailed from the humanities, arts, and social sciences; we would like to see reviews from business, law, engineering, health, medicine, and specific engagement scholarship texts. Dr. Pleasants encouraged the board members to have colleagues and students submit ideas for possible reviews, along with ideas for books to review.

Dr. Carey stated that she enjoys the journal and said “kudos to the team.” She is impressed with the cover and graphics, which are always quite appropriate to the topics therein. Dr. Pruitt noted that Dr. Mullins is responsible for the design and layout, as well as the website and web content.

Dr. Mullins is trying to establish an interactive section on the website so that people can respond to the content and participate in discussions. We have a plan for this and have identified a student to work on a blog and interactive commentary. Any ideas from board members regarding a model website are welcome.

Dr. Simon is very appreciative of the work completed by the JCES board. Members have demonstrated outstanding commitment and really helped to develop the journal.

There are a few minor bumps in the road related to reviews. Sometimes review requests and reminder emails are ignored. Please just let us know if you are unable to complete a review. We prefer to hear from you so that we can extend the deadline or locate another reviewer in a timely manner. We do not have an automated system to send reminder emails. Jessica sends reminder emails one week after missed review dates, and will start sending reminder emails one week in advance of requested review return dates.

Dr. Simon noted that as of November 2010 we began sharing masked reviews with both reviewers once each review has been returned to us. Dr. Jakes stated that she has received such masked reviews, and found it very helpful, especially as the journal progresses. Others agreed.

Dr. Simon said that we are in need of student pieces and commentary from the field (from community partners). We have a few of these in hand, and are very appreciative of those who have encouraged community partners and students to submit.

Dr. Mullins noted that we receive manuscripts from a diverse group of colleges and universities, many of them leaders in the field, but that we still need to hear from some of the biggest names in engaged scholarship.

Dr. Pruitt stated that we have received a recent question about the possibility of manuscripts being submitted by board members. Dr. Simon said that this is perfectly acceptable, and has in fact already happened. Our masked review process maintains integrity throughout the process. The board members expressed general agreement with this opinion.

Dr. Mullins pointed out that most of our student representation (in the regular manuscript section) occurs as students are listed as co-authors with senior scholars as the primary authors. We would like to see more student-authored regular manuscripts. Dr. Fitzgerald said that while he understood the intent of having different types of contributors to the journal, it is critically important to make sure these contributions reflect the highest scholarly standards.

Dr. Wheat said that in reviewing papers for JCES, some had great motive and intent but looked immature and unpolished. As a result, Dr. Wheat spent inordinate amounts of time “tutoring” in order to get the paper to the point of publication. The paper to which Dr. Wheat was able to devote such time was published, while another to which he was able to devote much less time has not made it into print.

Dr. Fitzgerald, who serves as editor for another journal, noted that he is currently essentially rewriting three articles submitted to his journal by international colleagues. The data and analyses are good, but the English is bad. Dr. Fitzgerald asserted that it is his decision as editor to devote large amounts of time to manuscripts with potential promise, and similar decisions must be made with JCES.

Dr. Simon noted that there may be some misunderstanding about our student papers in this discussion. We have two possibilities for student submissions. One possibility is a student essay, submitted for possible inclusion in the “Student Voices” section of JCES. These student essays are typically about 500 words and tend to center on reflections and experiences resulting from an engaged-scholarship project. The “Student Voices” section is completely different from a regular manuscript submitted by a student. A regular manuscript submission that simply happens to have been authored by a student is still subjected to the same rigorous review process and standards. Our reviewers are not aware that the author is a student, and the manuscript is reviewed just as all other regular manuscript submissions. Dr. Simon does not typically look at the author status when making decisions about publication except when she is trying to decide whether to commit her time to insertion of comments and revision requests. The general rule is that Dr. Simon is more willing to commit her time to work with less senior authors, but less willing to commit her time to lengthy revision and reworking of manuscripts by senior authors (associate or full professors). Dr. Simon stated that some board members have emailed her saying that particular manuscripts should not have been assigned out for review at all. She noted that she is typically not heavily involved with manuscripts before the review process. Manuscripts are submitted, acknowledged, assigned out for review based on expertise, and then sent to Dr. Simon along with the completed reviews. This system has been necessary due to time constraints, and manuscripts have been rejected without being sent out for review based on obvious flaws such as lack of literature review or findings. But it might be time to review that part of the review process that occurs before the manuscripts are sent out for review. The time our board devotes to JCES is truly invaluable, and we want to be sure that we respect your commitment.

There was general agreement in a number of comments by board members that the relative newness of the field was good reason to “go the extra mile” to help bring interesting, but unevenly constructed, manuscripts up to the level of quality necessary to be published.

At this point in the meeting, Dr. Simon stated that she is very appreciative of the accolades provided thus far but also seeks ideas about how we can improve Dr. Orok volunteered that he has been keeping up with the number of submissions by practitioners and does not get the feeling that many people outside of academia are submitting to JCES. We need more manuscripts from community engagement experts. Dr. Mullins noted that we have not had many submissions from practitioners apart from partnerships with academy members. We would like to see more manuscripts by community partners, which would of course still need to meet our standards.

An update on the upcoming 2011 NOSC was provided by Dr. Fitzgerald, who stated that this year will present a slightly longer conference than in the past. The emphasis this year will be on accountability and outcomes in our engagement. In addition, the conference will include a formal session for engagement journal editors. Dr. Fitzgerald said that there are now at least six in the field. For more information about NOSC 2011, please visit http://outreachscholarship.org/. As previously noted, The University of Alabama will host NOSC 2012.

Dr. Pruitt and Dr. Simon expressed hope that our board members will serve another two-year term. We have transitions approaching with the anticipated implementation of associate editors and a new editor in 2012 (or thereabouts). Associate editors by discipline will handle manuscripts and encourage new submissions. We are considering four to six associate editors, to be announced fall 2012. The position of editor is not a paid position, and at some point we will need to recruit another editor. It is likely that our associate editors, as well as our next editor, will be drawn from the editorial board.

Dr. Fitzgerald strongly urged Dr. Simon to give thought to staying in the position longer than she might be thinking of, despite the “pain and agony.” It is absolutely critical in the first five years of a journal, he said, to establish a perception and reputation of stability among the potential audience. The usual five-year term commitment provides sufficient time for this sense of stability, but JCES is too new to support a transition in the position of editor at the present time. Dr. Fitzgerald noted that the factors of being an editor are mostly sacrificial, and require time and passion for the content and the field. Dr. Fitzgerald currently has eight associate editors and has had opportunity over a five-year span to view their work and diversity. The five-year span has allowed Dr. Fitzgerald to make strong recommendations about the appointment of the next editor, based on his observations and interactions with the associate editors. Dr. Fitzgerald said, “Cassie, you are doing a great job!” Several of the board members joined in with cries of “hear, hear!”

As the meeting time drew to a close, Dr. Pruitt once again expressed his appreciation for the time and commitment of our board members.

Dr. Sanyal stated that he has enjoyed the process as JCES has grown and matured.

Dr. Pruitt informed the board that we will look at establishing an informal time to meet with everyone at the 2011 and 2012 National Outreach Scholarship Conferences.

Our next conference call is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21, 2011, at 2 p.m. CST.

Email Comments

Comments emailed by Dr. Greasley of the University of Kentucky as follows:

As one suggestion that might enhance your book review function, consider writing to major academic publishers dealing in works on university-community engagement and telling them that if they’ll send you complimentary copies of works on engagement, you’ll send them to the leading scholars in the field seeking book reviews on them. Doing so will allow you to solicit reviews on important engagement works by leading scholars and practitioners. And having those leading people doing the reviewing should enhance the overall prestige of the journal.

One more suggestion — while you want to provide venues for students, your first loyalty must be to the quality of the idea. If the idea is excellent, you can give assistance in cleaning it up and/or documentation. If the quality if the idea/concept/approach is not excellent, you need to shunt them off in another direction — perhaps to a website area open to student work that doesn’t meet the standards of publication in the journal itself.

End Note:

The editor welcomes additional comments about any matter of interest to any board member, including comments from those unable to join the conference call on the 23rd. Send your comments to jces@ua.edu. Page 5 reprints the call for manuscripts we sent out earlier. It is included here to remind you to let your colleagues know about the special edition.

CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS!!!

February 15, 2011

To the Editor of the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship:

“Congratulations to you and your staff on the absolutely first rate issue of JCES. A nice standard to live up to.”
— Hiram E. (Hi) Fitzgerald, President, National Outreach Scholarship Conference,
and Associate Provost, Outreach and Engagement, Michigan State University
When you get an eye-popping endorsement from the most recognizable name in engaged scholarship, you can be excused if your head swells a bit. But then you snap back to reality and realize how much more there is to do.

What Professor Fitzgerald was reacting to was a colorful issue of JCES featuring some of the timeliest and boldest research in the field of engaged scholarship to date. We are proud to say that dozens of community partners and students played big roles in producing the issue.

Everyone at JCES believes we are fulfilling our goal of being a different kind of research journal, which is why we are communicating with you now.

We are asking you to help us sustain our momentum by sending us your manuscript as we plan our next three issues. The closing dates are August 31, 2011, March 31, 2012, and December 1, 2012. The December issue will follow the 2012 National Outreach Scholarship Conference, which we will host. The theme for the conference will be “Partner. Inspire. Change,” and the special issue will draw heavily from conference presentations.

In just three years, JCES has helped to define the young field of engaged scholarship by taking a different approach: The manuscripts we publish must be well written using language accessible to ordinary citizens, not just to trained scholars; presentations must measure up to the highest standards of visual design; and over time the content must move the field forward by appealing to laypeople and academics alike.

We are aware of no other peer-reviewed journal with these requirements. The journal features research from all disciplines using all methods. We have been fortunate to receive many manuscripts from the social sciences, education, and health; we need more from the arts, humanities, science, engineering, agriculture, the environment, and architecture.

Here are brief descriptions of a few of the manuscripts we have published so far to give you an idea of the variety to be found in JCES.

• Students in a Spanish class tutor urban Latinos in English and join them in staging bilingual cultural events. Results? The program is such a success the department makes it a requirement for all majors.

• Biology and psychology departments form a partnership with a community water resource center to clean up a historic but polluted watershed.

• A large medical school demonstrates that service-learning improves health care delivery in at-risk communities while helping their own students grow personally and professionally.

• Universities and local nature groups partner in a program that makes the tools of science accessible and fun to young people.

• A university works with campus Greeks to inform students about the added risks of acquiring HIV/STDs when alcohol and unprotected sex are combined.

Our acceptance procedures are standard for peer-reviewed journals. Submit manuscripts in Microsoft Word and accompanying images by e-mail to jces@ua.edu. For more about the submission and review process, go to www.jces.ua.edu.

Upon meeting submission requirements, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with your manuscript number. Use this number in all further correspondence. We attempt to match each manuscript with our reviewers’ expertise and make every effort to review submissions in a timely manner. Feel free to send an e-mail any time you have a question.

We also publish analytical essays, book reviews, shorter articles about research from the field, and commentaries on the role of engaged scholarship.

Now, put the finishing touches on that manuscript and send it on its way!

Engagement Scholarship Consortium Member Number Rises to 28

And the new member list is

American University of Nigeria
Auburn University
California State University – San Marcos
Colorado State University
East Carolina University
Iowa State University
James Madison University
Kansas State University
Michigan State University
Montana State University
North Carolina State University
Ohio State University
Oklahoma State University
Oregon State University
Pennsylvania State University
Purdue University
Texas Tech University
University of Alabama
University of Alberta
University of Georgia
University of Idaho
University of Michigan – Flint
University of Minnesota
University of Missouri
University of North Florida
University of Tennessee – Knoxville
University of Texas – San Antonio
University of Wisconsin – Extension

JCES Helping to Boost UA’s Engagement Scholarship Reputation

December 1, 2009

By Daniel Hollander, CCBP Intern

With 45 delegates attending and playing key roles in four important community-based conferences this fall, The University of Alabama is rapidly becoming one of the leading engagement scholarship institutions, according to Dr. Samory T. Pruitt, vice president for Community Affairs at the University.

And the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship (JCES), published at the University, is a playing a big role in that progress, he said.

“Not only did we have University of Alabama faculty, staff, students and community partners playing major roles at these conferences,” Pruitt said, “we were also able to distribute the latest issue of JCES, which is drawing high praise for its role in advancing engagement research.”

The four conferences were the National Outreach Scholarship Conference (NOSC) in Athens, Ga., Sept. 27-30, which had its largest attendance in history; the Imagining America (IA) Conference in New Orleans Oct. 1-3; the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) Conference in Ottawa, Canada, Oct. 9-12; and the National Communication Association (NCA) conference in Chicago, Nov. 12-15.

 
Graduate student Elliot Knight talks with Kevin Bott of Syracuse University at the 10th Imagining America Conference in New Orleans on Oct. 2. The Black Belt Community Foundation in Selma is a partner in the project. Knight presented a poster and made a research presentation on the project. (Photo: Ed Mullins) Dr. Ed Mullins, director of community research and communication at CCBP, moderates a session at NOSC in Athens, Ga., Sept. 29, 2009. He also presented a poster about JCES designed by CCBP interns at the Athens, New Orleans and Ottawa conferences. (Photo: Andrea Mabry)

“UA faculty, staff and students and their partners in the community have embraced the engagement scholarship concept — which focuses campus and community resources on critical social problems — with great enthusiasm, raising our profile among our peers.”

Pruitt is a member of the NOSC Steering Committee, which sets policy and provides leadership. Dr. Cassandra Simon, associate professor of social work and editor of JCES, made presentations about JCES at both the Athens and Ottawa conferences. Dr. Edward Mullins, CCBP director of community research and communication, is a member of the NOSC implementation committee and transition committee helping NOSC with its growing pains. Currently, 10 universities constitute NOSC, but more than 25 more have applied for membership.

Mullins also presented a poster about JCES — designed and produced by CCBP interns — at the New Orleans and Athens conferences. “Once again, the demand for JCES was greater than our supply. Now, as we move to paid subscriptions for the hardcopy and online versions of JCES, we’ll see how it goes,” he said.

Community Affairs, which has fiscal responsibility for JCES, has formed a partnership with the University of Alabama Press to market JCES. “Having a world-class partner like UA Press to help us get the publication to individuals, libraries and professional associations is a critical part of our business plan. We are most pleased to be joining with the University Press in this endeavor,” Pruitt said.

“Response to JCES at these three conferences shows that it is filling a need,” Simon said. “I want to thank our outstanding local production team and the best editorial board in the nation for their hard work.”

Local team members are Mullins and students Jessica Averitt Taylor, assistant to the editor; Brett Bralley, copy editor; Antonio Rogers, designer; and Andrea Mabry, photographer and JCES website producer. The editorial board consists of 52 academics and community partners representing more than 30 disciplines. “We are now receiving manuscripts from outside the United States and will be adding board members from other countries,” Simon said.

UA sent 36 delegates to NOSC from across the faculty, staff and student disciplinary spectrum. Three delegates attended the IA conference, and five attended IARSLCE.

UA’s delegation to Athens was the largest of any university, other than host University of Georgia. Attending from UA were Laurie Bonnici, Wellon Bridgers, Jackie Brodsky, Carolyn Dahl, George Daniels, Matt Demondrun, Bill Evans, David Ford, Janet Griffith, Karl Hamner, Beverly Hawk, Daniel Hollander, Lisa Hooper, Rick Houser, Felecia Jones [Black Belt Community Foundation (BBCF)], Erin Kane, Natalie Latta, Andrea Mabry, Will McCracken, Kathryn Merritt, Brice Miller, Jacqueline Morgan, Ed Mullins, Jennifer Patterson, Heather Pleasants, Samory Pruitt, Tiarney Ritchwood, Cassandra Simon, Chris Spencer, Joyce Stallworth, Tommie Syx, Jessica Averitt Taylor, Annette Watters, Muriel Wells, Tari Williams and Michael Wynn.

 
Graduate student Jackie Brodsky stands before a poster prepared by Dr. Laurie Bonnici’s research team that also included Muriel Wells. Bonnici is an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Studies. The research addresses goals, methods, assessments and outcomes of “Project FIT 4 Retirement,” a student service-learning and community partnership endeavor in which students teach older citizens how to improve their technology literacy. (Photo: Andrea Mabry) Ottawa Parliament Building on Parliament
Hill, the most prominent landmark in
Canada. UA representatives made its
first presentation about JCES to an
international audience in Ottawa.

Elliot Knight, Dr. Hank Lazer and Mullins represented UA at Imagining America. Lazer is UA’s representative to the organization. Knight also was selected as an IA graduate student scholar and made a presentation on the Black Belt 100 Lenses project he is conducting in partnership with BBCF. Mullins presented a poster detailing the development of JCES. UA delegates to the Ottawa conference were Simon, Pruitt, Mullins, Dr. Jane Newman and April Coleman. The first three conducted a session on JCES and the latter two presented their research on the impact of service-learning on traditional learning.

At Athens, UA had four poster presentations and co-administered a panel about UA’s and UGA’s commercial television operations. Dr. George Daniels, UA associate professor of journalism, who summarized his presentation by saying, “WVUA-TV is about teaching logistics, theory, research and online media, not just broadcast journalism and production.” On the panel with Daniels was station manager Roy Clem. Joining them were Dr. Culpepper Clark, former dean of UA’s College of Communication and Information Sciences and now dean of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

Dr. Laurie Bonnici, UA assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Sciences, presented a poster on her work with Project FIT 4 Retirement and FOCUS on Senior Citizens. Muriel Wells and Jackie Brodsky, UA graduate students, worked with Bonnici and presented at the conference.

“Our goal was not only to teach senior citizens how to be computer literate,” said Brodsky, “but also to get them to become more technologically fluent, which allows them to become self-directed rather than dependent on one-track instruction.

At the JCES displays in Athens and New Orleans more than 500 copies of the journal and related brochures were distributed. Copies were mailed to IARSLCE attendees. Copies of PARTNERS, a feature magazine published by CCBP, and brochures of UA’s engagement activities from several programs and submission guidelines for JCES were also distributed at all three conferences.

Dan Waterman of the University of Alabama Press, who attended the annual National Communication Association meeting in Chicago, reported great enthusiasm for JCES among members of the nation’s largest association for communication teaching and scholarship with whom he talked. “You can expect a good number of submissions from this group of scholars for whom engagement scholarship is a very good fit,” Waterman said.

Simon said agreed. We expect to see a large influx of submissions in the future because of all of this exposure.”

These activities and conference experiences are helping prepare for NOSC 2012 when the University will host the event, Pruitt said.

NOSC 2010 will be in Raleigh, N.C., Oct. 4-6, with North Carolina State University as host, and 2011 will be in East Lansing, Mich., with Michigan State as host.

Imagining America 2010 will be in Seattle, Wash., Sept 23-25. The next IARSLCE conference will be Oct. 28-31, 2010, in Indianapolis, Ind.

National Communication Association 2010 will be in San Francisco, Nov. 14-17.

For more information about NOSC, go to
http://www.ncsu.edu/project/OPDWebSpace/2010OSC/win-a-free-registration-to-nosc-2011.html.

For more on Imagining America, see http://www.imaginingamerica.org/index.html.

For more on IARSLC, go to http://www.servicelearning.org/events_jobs/slconf_events/index.php?action=detailed&event=1148.

For NCA information see http://www.natcom.org/index.asp?bid=14306.