Engaged Scholarship

Through collaborative partnerships that bring together academic and community-based knowledge, we work together to improve the quality of life for all people in Alabama and beyond.

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Basket weaver Estelle Jackson is one of the artists interviewed for the Black Belt Artist Project, which documents the lives and work of Black Belt artists through photography and oral histories. Photo by UA student Aleiah Briggs.

Black Belt Artist Project

The Black Belt Artist Project is a collaborative initiative between the UA Department of Art and Art History, the non-profit Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center, and Canon Solutions America. Students participating in the project spend two semesters with these culturally unique artists in several counties of the Black Belt, documenting their lives and works through photography and oral history video interviews.

Health and Wellbeing

Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic

The Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic provides support to individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and associated mental health concerns through comprehensive evaluation and therapy services, research opportunities, and consultation services.

Center for Youth Development & Intervention

The primary goal of the Center for Youth Development and Intervention is to facilitate translational clinical science, targeting key processes in the prevention, remediation, and management of behavioral, emotional, and neurodevelopmental conditions from early childhood through early adulthood. The Center provides on-site and community-based training to providers, educators, and students in evidence-based assessment and intervention.

Hear Here Alabama

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The Hear Here Alabama project brings a mobile audiology clinic to Alabamians with limited or no access to audiology services. Learn more at hearherealabama.as.ua.edu.

The Hear Here Alabama project is a rural hearing health initiative designed to bring hearing services to people living in audiologically underserved areas of Alabama.

Psychology Clinic

The Psychology Clinic is a non-profit, multi-service center supported by the Department of Psychology and The University of Alabama. It is a mental health center and training clinic for doctoral-level clinical psychology trainees.

Speech & Hearing Center

Speech and Hearing Center clients are served year-round by experienced, licensed, and nationally certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists who direct and supervise students in diagnostic and rehabilitative procedures.

Social Sleep Laboratory

The University of Alabama Social Sleep Laboratory studies social influences on sleep including family relationships and broad social determinants like communities and policy. This lab seeks to understand how parent behaviors and daily habits influence adolescent sleep health and consequently influence conflict-management, cardiovascular health and circadian rhythms.

Sciences

Arboretum

The University of Alabama Arboretum features walking trails through a native woodland section, a wildflower garden, a collection of ornamental plants, an experimental garden, and a children’s garden. Most of the Arboretum’s land was donated by the federal government to help support the University’s goals of promoting research and providing public education and service.

Alabama Marine Science Consortium

The Alabama Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium (MESC) is comprised of 23 public and private colleges and universities.

Tanglewood

Tanglewood, also known as the J. Nicholene Bishop Biological Station, is a 570-acre nature reserve and research facility located 30 miles south of Tuscaloosa.

 

Social Commentary

American Examples

American Examples is a collaborative working group for early career scholars of religion in America, broadly conceived, from a variety of disciplines. American Examples engages the study of religion in America across the three areas of research, teaching, and public scholarship.

Culture on Edge

Culture on Edge is comprised of a core collaborative research group and its invited guests. Together they interrogate the contradiction between the historicity of identity, which is always fluid over place and time, and common scholarly assertions of a static and ahistorical origin for an identity community (whether religious, national, ethnic, etc.) against which cultural change can be measured. The collaborative has a book series with Equinox Publishers.

Study Religion Podcast

The Study Religion Podcast is a discussion forum with faculty, student work, analysis of current events and popular culture, and interviews about the state of religious studies as a field.

Writing & Reading: Seminars & Performances

Includes the Biennial Symposium, and the Coal Royalty and Bankhead Visiting Writer Series, which bring visiting writers of national and international reputation as well as up-and-comers to UA and the Strode Program.

Museums

The University of Alabama Museums encompasses four museums, two research departments, and the Discovering Alabama television program.

Alabama Museum of Natural History

The Alabama Museum of Natural History advances the knowledge and appreciation of Alabama’s natural history through exhibitions, specimen collections detailing the state’s natural history and ancient past, and quality programs of teaching, research, and service. The museum is located in Smith Hall, one of the oldest buildings on campus, which also houses classrooms and lecture halls for the Department of Geological Sciences and the department’s GeoVis Lab, a tool that allows three-dimensional visualization for the study of geological forms and features.

Department of Museum Research & Collections

Housed in Mary Harmon Bryant Hall, the Department of Museum Research & Collections is responsible for overseeing the management and curation of The University of Alabama Museums collections and developing interdisciplinary research programs across the University that focus on museum-based research.

Gorgas House Museum

The Gorgas House Museum serves as an active community resource, committed to learning through exhibition, education, and social engagement. The Gorgas House has a significant collection of Gorgas family artifacts and memorabilia.

Moundville Archaeological Park

The University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park is one of the nation’s premier Native American heritage sites. The park preserves 326 acres where, 800 years ago, Mississippian people constructed 29 massive flat-topped earthen mounds, arranged carefully around a vast central plaza. The park also features a half-mile nature trail, picnic areas, campground, and a spacious conference center overlooking the Black Warrior River.

Located at the park, the Jones Archaeological Museum combines the latest technology with more than 200 stunning artifacts to describe one of the most significant Native American archaeological sites in the United States.

Also found at the park, the Office of Archaeological Research (OAR) provides archaeological and historic research and cultural resources management services to multiple federal, Native American tribe, state, and local governmental agencies as well as private and commercial clients.

Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum

The Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum is housed in the historic Queen City Pool House on Jack Warner Parkway. The museum advances knowledge and appreciation of Tuscaloosa’s local and regional history and natural resources through exhibits, museum educational programs, and educational outreach efforts. The museum and the Queen City Pool Park grounds can be reserved for events.

Institute for Social Science Research

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) is an interdisciplinary organization with a broad mission to promote and conduct research in the social sciences at The University of Alabama. Through its research, the ISSR provides opportunities for graduate and undergraduate training in social science research, and partners with many state and national agencies and organizations.

Capstone Poll

The Capstone Poll, a partnership between ISSR and the Center for Business and Economic Research, provides a variety of survey-related services.

Map Library

The Map Library is a Regional Depository for the United States Geological Survey and Bureau of Land Management, and includes over 1,700 monographs, 270,000 maps and 75,000 aerial photographs.

International Research Partnerships

Our international research partnerships and collaborations with educators in Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe are part of a broader movement of global scholars to prepare students for entry into a diverse, complex world. We offer programs in Cuba, Greece, and Ghana, and are developing partnerships with universities in several other countries.

Cartographic Research Laboratory

The Cartographic Research Laboratory provides GIS and cartographic services to businesses and public clients, housed in the Department of Geography.

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Created in August 2014, the Joint Electronic Crimes Task Force is a state-of-the-art lab that processes digital evidence seized in criminal investigations by local, state, and federal officials. In addition to its digital forensic capabilities, the task force also offers a robust internship program for UA students, dedicated research space for cyber criminologists, and free training to law enforcement investigators.

Joint Electronic Crimes Task Force

Created through a partnership between the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, the College, and law enforcement agencies, the Joint Electronic Crimes Task Force is a state-of-the-art lab that processes digital evidence seized in criminal investigations by local, state, and federal officials. The JECTF’s technology and personnel can forensically examine mobile phones, DVRs, gaming systems, vehicles, drones, wearable devices, CCTV video recordings, and hard drives running Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems, among other technologies.

Art and Art History Visiting Artists

The UA Visiting Artists Lecture Series includes artists, critics, curators and scholars present public lectures, gallery talks and offer individual critiques to students in our graduate program.