Burton 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.