Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement

University Outreach and Engagement
Michigan State University
Kellogg Center
219 S. Harrison Road, Room 93
East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1022


The office of the Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement (VPUOE) provides budget, personnel, and facilities management to the University Outreach and Engagement (UOE) departments. Kwesi Brookins, Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, leads the office. 

National, Regional, and Local Leadership

The office of the Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement (VPUOE) advocates engaged scholarship across the MSU campus and provides leadership in conversations, locally, nationally, and internationally, aimed at promoting policies and practices that encourage community-engaged scholarship.

  • Engagement Scholarship Consortium
  • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
  • International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement
  • Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship
  • Big Ten Academic Alliance: Committee on Engagement
  • MSU Cultural Engagement Council (CEC)

Outreach and Engagement Consulting

VPUOE staff regularly speak to MSU colleges and departments and other institutions on effective models of engagement. They address issues such as:

  • Measuring and assessing faculty outreach and engagement
  • Integrating engagement into the institutional structure
  • Aligning the scholarship of engagement across institutions

UOE also participates in university-wide conversations regarding major cross-disciplinary initiatives, such as:

  • Broader impacts of science
  • Needs of 0-5 year-old children and their families
  • Positive outcomes for children, youth, and families
  • Land use and built environment
  • Community and economic development
  • Sustainable agriculture, food, and water safety
  • Urban and regional development
  • The Opioid crisis
  • Public policy

Evidence-Based Models

VPUOE develops and disseminates models of evidence-based practice to resolve issues important to individuals, families, groups, neighborhoods, and communities. Evidence-based practice means using research to inform policy and practice. MSU advocates a scholarly model of outreach and engagement that fosters a reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationship between the University and the public.

Senior Fellows

The Senior Fellows make up an honorary advisory group, drawn from both the MSU campus and the community, who meet periodically with Dr. Brookins to advise on and discuss current issues of engagement. They represent a diversity of expertise and have a lifetime appointment to this group.

Web Site: /about/departments/apuoe


Telephone: (517) 353-8977

FAX: (517) 432-9541

Current Projects

Past Projects