About the Office of Community Engagement

Community engagement refers to the concept of intentionally pursuing partnerships aimed at producing mutually beneficial outcomes. Ultimately, this work is intended to be responsive to the needs of the community and result in civic-minded approaches.

As a campus, we want to continue enriching our curriculum, research, service learning, and internship experiences in ways that bring the students, faculty, and staff together with the community to apply scholarly and service efforts to address real problems and explore the enormous opportunities in our region. The Office of Community Engagement promotes community-engaged teaching, learning, research, and service. It is our goal to help students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community to connect, collaborate, and partner.

The staff of the Office of Community Engagement provides support to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members who seek to participate in a wide variety of community engagement activities, including service learning, volunteerism, community-engaged research, community-engaged internships, and professional development.

Office Location

Student Center, Suite 240, 350 Student Center Circle

Please email us at communityengagement@southalabama.edu or call the main number at (251) 460-6116 to request an appointment. 


Laurie Childers

Laurie Childers, Assistant Director of Campus and Community Engagement

Ms. Childers is excited to be facilitating the University of South Alabama's commitment to community service. Having worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 15 years, she brings a wealth of experience to this role, from developing community partnerships, managing programs and events, and engaging volunteers to coordinating communication and resource development efforts. Prior to coming to Mobile, AL, Ms. Childers had the opportunity to work in both the Los Angeles and Washington D.C. areas.

Advisory Committee

Name Title
JoéI Billingsley Vice President of Community Engagement
Todd Andel Dean, School of Computing
Bri Ard Executive Director, Global Engagement
Martha Arrieta Associate Professor, Center for Healthy Communities
Adrianna Caffey Director of Community Engagement, Student Government Association
Nicole Carr Associate Vice President, Student Academic Success
Jordan Carter Assistant Director, Fraternity & Sorority Life
Michael Chambers Chief Economic Development Officer and Associate Vice President for Research, Research and Economic Development
Elizabeth Dickson  Sr. Director, Compensation, Employment, and HR Systems
Keniesha Fields Coordinator, Employer Development and Student Experience
Jinni Frisbey Sr. Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator
Jay Hunt Instructor, Management, Mitchell College of Business
Pam Johnson Associate Professor, Adult Health, College of Nursing
Lindsay Lum Director of Agency Relations & Community Engagement, United Way of Southwest Alabama
Ashley Marass Senator, Faculty Senate & Associate Professor, Maternal/Child Health, College of Nursing
Doug Marshall Dean, Honors College
Juan Mata Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
Benterah Morton Associate Professor, Leadership and Teacher Education, College of Education & Professional Studies
Karen Peterson Senior Instructor, English, College of Arts & Sciences
Mario Sheats Director, Center for Educational Accessibility & Disability Resources
Amy Sprinkle Assistant Professor, Marine Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
Heather Sprinkle Assistant Director, Student Government Association
Tara Thompson Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, College of Allied Health
Joy Washington Director of Public Relations
Kevin White Professor Emeritus, Civil/Coastal/Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
Coleman Wolf Associate Director, Student Organizations & Leadership