Burton A. Bargerstock

Burton A. Bargerstock

Director, National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement
Director, Communication and Information Technology
Special Adviser to the Associate Provost
Affiliated Faculty, Digital Humanities at MSU

E-Mail: bb@msu.edu

Department Web page: http://ncsue.msu.edu

Burton A. Bargerstock is director of the National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement, director of Communication and Information Technology, and special adviser to the Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, Michigan State University. His work focuses on institutional culture and support strategies related to community-engaged scholarship and university outreach (e.g., research, professional development, policy advocacy, communication, institutional culture, etc.). He leads MSU's Outreach and Engagement Measurement Instrument project, teaches in the MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement, and presents, consults, and publishes on themes related to community engagement and scholarship in higher education. In 2019, he was also named to the affiliated faculty of Digital Humanities at Michigan State University.

Burton serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, for which he guest edited a 2012 issue; a section co-editor of the International Journal of Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement; and a member of the editorial board of UNBOUND: Reinventing Higher Education. He is also the senior co-editor of the Transformations in Higher Education: The Scholarship of Engagement book series (MSU Press) and directs publication of MSU's Engaged Scholar Magazine. In 2017, he was inducted into the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship (ACES) and elected its president. Currently Burton is a member and former chairperson of the board of directors of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE). He previously served on the executive committee of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities' (APLU) Council on Engagement and Outreach and the board of directors of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). Burton organized the Engagement Scholarship Consortium's (ESC) 2011 National Outreach Scholarship Conference and remains active with the organization. On campus, he is president of the MSU chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

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Recent Publications

Fitzgerald, H. E., Van Egeren, L., & Bargerstock, B.A. (2018). Public research universities as engines for economic development and innovation. In A. Furco, R. Bruininks, R. J. Jones, & K. Kent (Eds.), Re-envisioning the public research university: Tensions and demands. New York, NY: Routledge.

Doberneck, D. M., Bargerstock, B.A., McNall, M., Van Egeren, L., & Zientek, R. (2017). Community engagement competencies for graduate and professional students: Michigan State University’s approach to professional development. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning 24(1).


Fitzgerald, H. E., Van Egeren, L. A., Bargerstock, B. A., & Zientek, R. (2016). Community engagement scholarship, research universities, and the scholarship of integration. In J. Sachs and L. Clark (Eds.), Learning through community engagement: Vision and practice in higher education. Singapore: Springer.

Fitzgerald, H. E., & Bargerstock, B. A. (2013). Cooper offers higher education prescription for a knowledge economy and a knowledge society. Journal of Community Engagement Scholarship, 6(1), 130-132.

Bargerstock, B. A. (2012). From the editor’s desk. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 16(3), 1-3.

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Recent Reports

Warren, A. S., Bargerstock, B. A., Bruce, R., Garner, I. H., McClure, W. S., Meyer,…Snow, S. (2012). Work of the network transition committee: Toward an anatomy of success. Prepared for the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.

Recent Presentations

  • (March 2017)

    Promoting the safety of minors at MSU

    Bargerstock, B. A., Sheth, S. L., Blanks, T., & Donado, L. (2017, March 30). Promoting the safety of minors at MSU. Moderated panel presentation at the Workshop for MSU Youth Program Directors, East Lansing, MI.

  • (October 2016)

    Telling Stories, Making Meaning: Communicating about Community-Engaged Scholarship and University Outreach

    Bargerstock, B. A.

    Presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium

    Omaha, Nebraska

  • (September 2016)

    Turning your scholarship into a book

    Ward, E., von Knorring, J., Bargerstock, B. A., Bringle, R. G., Shaffer, T. J., & Saltmarsh, J. (2016, September 26-28). Turning your scholarship into a book. Invited panel presentation at the annual conference of the International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement, New Orleans, LA. 

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