• 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 associate director at the National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement, where she provides leadership for the University Outreach and Engagement Educational Programs Team, coordinates the MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement, and conducts research about community-engaged scholarship. Doberneck's research interests include outreach and engagement in the promotion and tenure process; faculty integration of outreach and engagement across their teaching, research, service, and administration responsibilities; graduate student and faculty pathways to community-engaged careers; international community engagement, including community sustainability; and effective strategies for professional development about community-engaged scholarship.

Informed by this research, Doberneck creates and supports a continuum of professional development opportunities for undergraduates, graduate and professional students, academic staff, tenure track faculty, and community practitioners. Recent professional development programming includes Community-Engaged Scholarship Write-Ins; Community-Engaged Scholarship Writing Retreat; Summer Intensive on Community-Engaged Scholarship; Sea Grant Community-Engaged Research Institute; and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources-Wildlife Division Community Engagement Certificate. Doberneck also consults with colleges and universities on reappointment, promotion, and tenure policies and professional development for community-engaged scholarship.


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.