Full Name
Laurie Van Egeren
Interim Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement
Michigan State University
Speaker Bio
The Office of University Outreach and Engagement (UOE) facilitates a university-wide charge to create an ecosystem of engagement by supporting the engaged activities of faculty, staff, and students. As the Interim Associate Provost, Laurie Van Egeren leads an effort aimed at fostering public access to university expertise and resources, and advocating for exemplary engaged scholarship, nationally and internationally.

The Provost’s Committee on University Outreach (1993) defined outreach as scholarship that cuts across teaching, research, and service. It involves generating, transmitting, applying, and preserving knowledge for the direct benefit of external audiences.

In all of its work, UOE emphasizes university-community partnerships that are collaborative, participatory, empowering, systemic, transformative, and anchored in scholarship. This scholarship focus is applied to a broad range of community-defined needs, with special focus on community and economic development; children, youth, and families; arts and cultural initiatives; health and wellbeing; human-technology interaction; preK-16 education; and, service-learning and civic engagement.

MSU has also assumed a leadership role with respect to national conversations about the scholarship of engagement—defining, measuring, and evaluating best practices.

Dr. Van Egeren is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Prior to her June 2018 appointment as Interim associate provost, she served as assistant provost for University-Community Partnerships, acting director of the MSU Museum, director of the UOE Community Evaluation and Research Collaborative, and co-director of the National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement.

Dr. Van Egeren conducts engaged research funded by NSF, NIH, state government, and foundations, including state evaluations of afterschool programs and child care consultation programs; early childhood science education; youth-driven spaces; parent programs for children diagnosed with autism; and programs to increase STEM college entry among African-American students.

She is the MSU representative to the Engagement Scholarship Consortium and is on the steering committee for the National Alliance for Broader Impacts, and a member of the APLU Council on Engagement and Outreach. She has a master’s in clinical child/family psychology and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Michigan State University.
Laurie Van Egeren