• Burton A. Bargerstock
  • Director, National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement
  • Director, Communication and Information Technology
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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 research (about community-engaged scholarship and university outreach) and the utilization of information technology to support and enhance collaborations between the academy and society. He leads MSU's Outreach and Engagement Measurement Instrument project. Burton also organized the Engagement Scholarship Consortium's (ESC) 2011 National Outreach Scholarship Conference and remains active with organization. He serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement (JHEOE), for which he guest edited a 2012 special issue, and is a series editor of the Transformations in Higher Education: The Scholarship of Engagement book series (MSU Press). Burton is currently a member of the board of directors of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) and the executive committee of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Council on Engagement and Outreach. He recently served on the board of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) and has also been a long-time member of EDUCAUSE. On campus, Burton is president of the Michigan State University chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and founded the MSU Web Development Community for Advising, Facilitating, and Enabling (WebDevCAFE).



Diane Doberneck, Ph.D., is the assistant director at the National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement, coordinator, MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement, and an adjunct assistant professor in the Liberty Hyde Bailey Scholars Program. Doberneck's research interests include outreach and engagement in promotion and tenure processes; faculty integration of outreach and engagement across their teaching, research, and service responsibilities; graduate student and faculty pathways to careers as engaged scholars; international community engagement; and effective strategies for teaching and learning community engagement. Informed by this research, Doberneck coordinates professional development programs about community engagement—including Tools of Engagement (undergraduate students), the Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement (graduate students), and faculty development activities. Doberneck frequently shares research findings and best practices with other institutions. Recent consultations have included University of Nebraska Omaha, King Faisal University (Saudi Arabia), Northern Illinois University, and Fairfield University. Doberneck won MSU's First Annual Curricular Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Award in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resource in 2008 and the H. Paul Roberts Award for Distinguished Service in Study Abroad Programs in 2011 for her international engagement work in rural County Mayo, Ireland.


Administrative Support

  • Cindy M. Helms
  • Administrative Assistant I, Communication and Information Technology
  • Administrative Assistant I, National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement
  • Administrative Assistant I, Outreach Administration
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Cindy M. Helms is Administrative Assistant I at the Office of the Associate Provost for University Outreach, Communication and Information Technology (CIT), and the National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement (NCSUE). Besides providing general office support for CIT and NCSUE staff, she processes student and labor payroll on eTime and maintains and reconciles bookkeeping records. Helms researches the MSU Web site for activities, programs, and workshops for the Statewide Resource Network (SRN) and Spartan Youth Programs (SYP) Web sites.