Burton A. Bargerstock is executive director of the Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship, director of Communication and Information Technology, and special advisor to the Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, Michigan State University. His work focuses on institutional research, communication, culture, and technologies related to community-engaged scholarship and university outreach. He leads MSU’s Outreach and Engagement Measurement Instrument project, serves on the curriculum and teaching committee of the MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement, and presents/publishes on themes related to community engagement and scholarship in higher education. Burton serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, for which he guest edited a 2012 issue; a member of the editorial board of UNBOUND: Reinventing Higher Education; and senior series editor of the Transformations in Higher Education: The Scholarship of Engagement book series (MSU Press). He has also served as a section co-editor of the International Journal of Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement. In 2017, he was inducted into the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship (ACES) and elected its president. Burton has served as a member and the chairperson of the board of directors of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. He also previously served on the board of directors of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, and the executive committee of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Council on Engagement and Outreach. Burton is currently organizing the Engagement Scholarship Consortium‘s 2023 conference and led planning of its 2011 National Outreach Scholarship Conference. He has been active in a variety of roles with the organization for many years. On campus, he is president of the MSU chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.


Fitzgerald, H. E., Van Egeren, L., & Bargerstock, B.A. (2019). 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.

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.

Lunsford, C. G., Bargerstock, B. A., & Greasley, P. A. (2010). Measuring institutional engagement and faculty-based engaged scholarship. In H. E. Fitzgerald, C. Burack, & S. Seifer (Eds.), Handbook of engaged scholarship: The contemporary landscape. Vol. 2. Community-campus partnerships. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press.

Oaks, M., Franklin, N., & Bargerstock, B. A. (2009). Situating outreach and engagement in the university: concepts, challenges, and opportunities. Continuing Higher Education Review,73, 224-233.

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