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Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement

Hiram Fitzgerald

Hiram E. Fitzgerald

University Outreach and Engagement (UOE) is a campus-wide resource dedicated to helping faculty and academic units construct more extensive and effective engagement with the communities of our state, nation, and world. UOE advocates for and facilitates engagement scholarship initiatives, working closely with departments, centers, institutes, and MSU Extension. It promotes and provides seed funding for community-based scholarship. It gathers and provides stakeholders with information about the ways in which MSU is fulfilling its mission. At Michigan State University, engagement refers to scholarship that cuts across teaching, research, and service. It involves generating, transmitting, applying, and preserving knowledge for the direct benefit of external audiences in ways that are consistent with university and disciplinary missions. Many MSU faculty and academic staff are actively engaged with people, organizations, and communities outside the University. Some do so through community-based applied research and evaluation, technology transfer, technical assistance and consulting, or partnerships. Some do so by teaching nontraditional students at off-campus sites or through technology-delivered distance education. Some provide clinical services. Many engage their students in service-learning/civic engagement experiences. Others develop and curate managed learning environments and demonstrations.

Hiram E. Fitzgerald is Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement and University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University. He is president of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, a member of the Executive Committee of the Council on Engagement and Outreach of the Association for Public and Land Grant Universities, a member of the Board of Directors of Transformative Regional Engagement Networks, and a member of the Academy for Community Engagement Scholarship task force.

Fitzgerald is past president and executive director of both the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health and the International Association for Infant Mental Health, and for 16 years (1992-2008) served as executive director of the World Association for Infant Mental Health. He has been associated with the Michigan Longitudinal Study of Family Risk for Alcoholism over the Life Course for 25 years, is a member of the Steering Committee of the Early Head Start National Evaluation Research Consortium, chairs the MSU Wiba Anung EHS/HS research team monitoring work force development and early childhood education in partnership with the Intertribal Council of Michigan, is a member of the Native Children’s Research Exchange, and is a member of a variety of interdisciplinary research teams focusing on evaluation of community-based early preventive-intervention programs in Michigan.

Fitzgerald’s major areas of funded research include the study of infant and family development in community contexts, the impact of fathers on early child development, implementation of systemic community models of organizational process and change, the etiology of alcoholism, the digital divide and youth use of technologies, and broad issues related to engagement scholarship. He holds a Ph.D. in experimental child psychology from the University of Denver.

  • Hiram E. Fitzgerald, Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement
  • Kellogg Center, Garden Level
  • 219 S. Harrison Rd. Room 22
  • East Lansing, MI 48824-1022