The Community Engagement Academy (CEA) is an interdisciplinary professional development program designed for new UTK faculty (0-3 years), postdocs, and graduate students who want to learn the foundations of community engagement and engaged scholarship and apply knowledge to research and practice. CEA provides background literature, facilitated discussion, mentoring, and presentations designed to increase their knowledge and enhance their practice of community engaged scholarship throughout Knoxville and East Tennessee by creating new partnerships and/or building upon existing ones.
Emerging engagement scholars will participate in seminars, with optional opportunities for engagement available through the Office of Community Engagement and Outreach (OCEO) initiatives. OCEO is committed to the principles of equity, shared governance, reciprocity, and mutual decision-making. Seminars are co-led by UTK faculty, staff, community partners, and national experts.
Graduate Students – the Summer Community Engagement Academy Intensive will run from June 6-7, 2022. Click here to apply!
Congratulations to our 2021 Cohort!
Clinical Assistant Professor, Theory & Practice in Teacher Education
Director, University Assisted Community Schools
PhD Student, Nutrition
My research explores the behavioural aspects of infant and young child nutrition and the development of interventions to positively modify those behaviours across the socio-ecological gradient, especially amongst vulnerable populations.
PhD Student, School of Communication Studies
My research interests include organizational communication, leadership, and DEI within the context of higher education.
Assistant Professor, Africana Studies and English
I study literary depictions of the relationships between Black and Indigenous peoples in nineteenth- to twenty-first-century African American literature.
PhD Student, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
I aspire to leverage my research examining the impacts of climate change on salamanders to inspire students’ connection with the ecology of Appalachia and initiate conversations about practical conservation strategies for rural communities.
Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and Electronic Media
My research explores changing roles, routines, and practices in newsrooms with a particular focus on local media.
PhD Student, College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
My research centers critical care and communities of care within formal and informal learning settings through a critical feminist lens.
PhD Student, English
I’m a graduate student in the rhetoric, writing & linguistics division of the English department. I’m interested in how place, race & religion affect the writing that takes place at some of the community gardens I work at in East Knoxville.
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
My research interest is investigating the cardiovascular disease risk factors in informal community caregivers caring for ill relatives.
PhD Student, Theory & Practice in Teacher Education
I am researching the functions of racial identity and belonging in educational contexts.
PhD Student, Microbiology
My community engagement interests revolve around creating a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable community within the Knoxville area.
Lecturer, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
My current outreach efforts focus on assisting and providing training to small water and wastewater utilities in Appalachian areas of Tennessee. I am also actively participating in efforts in LGBTQIA topics.
|Corey Day||Entomology & Plant Pathology|
|Jeremy Kanter||Child and Family Studies|
|Rebekah Hermann||Industrial Engineering|
|Jessica Jones||Haslam College of Business|
|Kertesha Riley||Counselor Education|
|Kristen Ravi||College of Social Work|
|Kiley Compton||Educational Pyschology & Counseling|
|Joseph Winberry||Communication and Information Sciences|
|Paula Lazarim||Counselor Education|
|Laura Knight||Industrial Engineering|