Volume 7, Issue 1 (2022) Community Engagement, Literacy, and Research in Communities of Color

Special Editors' Comments

The purpose of this special theme issue was to publish new theoretical frameworks, models, and theories regarding community engagement research. As co-editors, we define community engagement within education as a commitment to partnering and engaging with communities through university partnerships, service learning, special projects, literacy clinics, campus communities, field work attached to university courses, community-based projects, crowdsourcing, digital projects, implementation of research-based curricula, research in schools, tutoring models, and longitudinal studies. The authors within this special theme issue submitted both traditional and nontraditional methodologies such as historical and archival research, commentaries, essays, case studies, ethnography, action research, digital research, phenomenological, grounded theory, narrative, survey research, cross-cultural, critical ethnography, longitudinal, mixed methods, descriptive, critical race research, activist and liberatory research frameworks. The scholars who employ traditional or contemporary research traditions which use existing research models or those creating new research models and paradigms and teacher-scholars and scholar-activists who write nontraditional calls for research and identify gaps in the research were encouraged to submit commentaries and essays of these types of submissions.

Tiffany A. Flowers

Dorian Harrison

Research Article

Conceptual Articles

Best Practice

Issue Reviewers

Edward Cromarty
Northeastern University
Paula E. Faulkner
North Carolina A & T State University
Angela Farmer
Mississippi State University
Simone Elias
Abilene Christian University
Comfort Okpala
North Carolina A & T State University
James G Archibald
Valdosta State University
Michael E. Rutledge II
University of New Orleans
Yong Zeng
Oakland University
Rebecca Montz
Lamar University
Chia Jung Yeh
East Carolina University
LaVon Williams
Union County College
Jonathan P Grant
Montgomery College-Germantown
Marian Truehill
Northcentral University
Isaac Atta Senior Ampofo
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology


This special theme issue on community engagement in literacy is a collaboration between the Journal of Research Initiatives and the Literacy Research Association Ethnicity, Race, and Multilingualism committee Mentoring through Publication program.

Tiffany A. Flowers

Dorian Harrison