University of Iowa faculty and staff are leading scholars in the field of community engagement and are advancing discovery in the fields of engaged teaching and learning and community engaged research. The scholarship of community engagement continues to grow and mature, and we encourage our engaged researchers to submit papers and articles for publication and attend conferences and workshops on innovation in this field. Below is a list of journals, magazines, and other outlets that provide opportunities for University of Iowa engagement scholars to publish their work, as well as conferences and workshops.  

Publishing Outlets:  

Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship 

Established in 2008, the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship uses a community-participatory process to identify critical problems across a variety of disciplines. As a peer-reviewed, international journal, the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship accepts scholarly works on teaching, research, and community engagement that aim to address these problems.   

Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement 

Published by the University of Georgia, the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal that highlights innovative endeavors in engagement between higher education institutions and communities. The Journal accepts manuscripts in the five categories of research articles, reflective essays, projects with promise, book reviews, and dissertation overviews. 

Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning 

Change is a magazine providing material related to contemporary issues in higher education. The magazine accepts a variety of material, including articles, features, and columns. 

Community Works Journal 

Founded in 1995, the Community Works Journal is the digital magazine of the Community Works Institute. The mission of the Community Works Institute is to build educators’ capacity to design and guide experiential learning projects to address the needs of their community, and the Community Works Journal focuses on material related to service-learning, place based education, education for sustainability, and social and emotional learning. 

Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement 

Edited and managed jointly between the University of Technology, Sydney and Brown University, Gateways publishes material focused on the practice and processes of university-community engagement. The journal accepts community engagement case studies, analyses of the policy environment, and reflections that contribute to engagement scholarship. 

Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning 

Hosted by Michigan Publishing from the University of Michigan Library, the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning is a peer-reviewed journal focusing on service-learning in higher education. Material on research, theory, pedagogy, and other topics related to service-learning, campus-community partnerships, and engaged scholarship in higher education is accepted. 

Conferences and Workshops:


Engagement Scholarship Consortium Annual Conference 

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit educational organization composed of higher education member institutions, a mix of state-public and private institutions. The organization’s goal is to work collaboratively to build strong university-community partnerships anchored in the rigor of scholarship, and designed to help build community capacity. The annual conference brings together leading scholars from colleges and universities across the country to present their work and discuss innovation in engaged teaching, learning, and research.  


Campus Compact National Meeting 

Campus Compact is a national coalition of 1,000+ colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. The organization builds democracy through civic education and community development. The national meeting brings together thousands of community engaged and civically engaged faculty, staff, students, and community partners to build networks and advance the vision of a fully-participatory community and country.  


Imagining America National Gathering 

The Imagining America consortium (IA) brings together scholars, artists, designers, humanists, and organizers to imagine, study, and enact a more just and liberatory ‘America’ and world. Working across institutional, disciplinary, and community divides, IA strengthens and promotes public scholarship, cultural organizing, and campus change that inspires collective imagination, knowledge-making, and civic action on pressing public issues. The Imagining America National Gathering is an annual convening of public scholars, artists, designers, students, and cultural organizers who are addressing the most pressing issues of our time. The gathering offers participants a three-day immersive experience in which to connect, dialogue, learn, and strategize around the ways to build new knowledge and inspire collective imagination towards transformative education and action.