Executive Director, Community Engagement
Dr. Dan Bergen is the executive director of Community Engagement where he is responsible for the promotion, support, and advancement of community engagement in research, community-based teaching, and service. He was recruited to serve as the inaugural executive director, more fully institutionalizing community engagement as a core aspect of the mission, and strategy for the Marquette University. During his tenure, Marquette University has launched the Community Engagement Symposium, established the Community of Practice for Community Engaged Scholars, and received The Washington Center’s “Higher Education Civic Engagement Award.”
Bergen is the goal steward for Marquette University’s “Social Responsibility through Community Engagement” strategic goal, one of six identified goals in the university strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries. He is a member of the steering committee for the President’s Challenge Grant.
Prior to this role, Dr. Bergen spent 12 years in the student affairs, most recently serving as the interim assistant vice president of student affairs at Marquette University where he oversaw divisional communications, sexual violence prevention education and advocacy, and neighborhood relations. He is a member of the Branding and Identity Team for the Near West Side Partners. He has published and presented in the fields of Community Engagement, Higher Education, and English.
Bergen received his Ph.D. in British Literature from Marquette University where his research focused on cognitive theory and empathy development through literary engagement. He received his B.A. in Advertising from UW-Eau Claire, and his M.A. in Cultural Studies from Kansas State University.