Dan Sarofian-Butin, PhD, is a Full Professor in, and was Founding Dean of, the School of Education & Social Policy at Merrimack College. Dr. Sarofian-Butin is the author and editor of more than eighty academic publications, including eight books, several of which have been translated into three languages. He has been named as one of the top 200 "Public Presence" Education Scholars four years in a row and blogs at the Huffington Post and InsideHigherEd.
Recent and Forthcoming Publications and Presentations
- "The Engaged Campus: Key Models for Powerful Teaching, Learning and Research" Forthcoming Keynote Address at Washburn University, January 30, 2017
- "Thank You Donald...For What You Have Taught Universities", Times Higher Education, December 6, 2016.
- interviewed by the BBC - "Shouldn't Lectures Be Obsolete By Now?" November 23, 2016.
- "Watson, Please Replace Me!" in InsideHigherEd. November 19,. 2016.
- interviewed by the BBC - "University Opens Without Any Teachers", October 26, 2016.
- "The Worst Four-Letter Word in Higher Education? Uber." in eLearn Magazine, October 2016.
- "Student-Teacher Partnerships: The Crux of Learning" Keynote Address at the University of West Indies, Sept. 23, 2016
- "Learning 2.0 and the Future of the Disrupted University" in Forbes, September 6, 2016
- "A Teacher Will Save the World" in Trinidad & Tobago Guardian, September 4, 2016
- “Is It Possible To Embrace 'Uber U'” in InsideHigherEd. August 28, 2016.
My books have been cited in hundreds of academic publications and reviewed in numerous academic journals, such as Teachers College Record, Educational Studies, Anthropology & Education Quarterly, and the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning. Several of my books have been awarded prestigious awards and translated into Arabic, Korean, and Chinese. My books and articles are used in dozens of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs around the country and internationally. Joel Westheimer, at the University of Ottawa, called Service-Learning in Theory and Practice “intellectually honest, theoretically sophisticated, and deeply impassioned…This book will shake your assumptions about service learning in all the right ways." Benjamin R. Barber, Distinguished Senior Fellow at DEMOS and the Walt Whitman Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University, praised The Engaged Campus as a “must-read for everyone who cares about democratic citizenship, from college students and university faculty to community organizers and civic NGO leaders."
Public scholarship is a major component of my academic work. Such bridging of theory and practice – what is oftentimes referred to as translational research, the scholarship of engagement, or public work – is, I believe, a critical component of linking academic work and public practice. My public scholarship – which includes blogging and writings in general audience publications – is viewed by 100,000+ readers. I have been interviewed in national and international media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, the BBC and Forbes magazine and have served on national task forces for MIT, AAC&U, the US Department of Education, NSF, and the Carnegie Corporation. I have been honored four years in a row as one of the top two hundred “Public Edu-Scholars” in Rick Hess’s Influence Rankings. As Hess writes on his EdWeek blog, “Given that there are well over 20,000 university-based faculty tackling educational questions in the U.S., even making the Edu-Scholar list is an honor--and cracking the top 100 is quite an accomplishment in its own right.” The list, writes Hess, is meant to honor and rank “the 200 university-based education scholars who had the biggest influence on the nation's education discourse last year…[The] rankings reflect, in roughly equal parts, the influence of a scholar's academic scholarship, on the one hand, and their influence on public debate as reflected in old and new media, on the other” and provide a “sense of a scholar's public footprint in the past year.”
Keynote Talks & Workshops
My scholarship focuses on engaged learning, community engagement, educator preparation and policy, higher education policy, and, most recently, the rise of digital learning technologies. I have been invited by institutions such as Duke University, the University of Toronto, MIT, the Ohio State University, as well as internationally in Canada, the Caribbean and Australia to give keynote talks on such topics as well as lead workshops for faculty, students, administrators, and community partners. My workshops have included topics such as "Supporting Faculty Buy-In to High Impact Practices", "Service-Learning Across the Curriculum", and "'Should I Wait Until After Tenure?' Fostering Public Scholarship for All Faculty."
Dan Sarofian-Butin, PhD, is a Full Professor in, and was Founding Dean of, the School of Education & Social Policy at Merrimack College. Dr. Sarofian-Butin is the author and editor of more than eighty academic publications, the editor of Palgrave’s series Community Engagement in Higher Education, an Associate Editor of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning and a board member of the Journal of College and Character. He has been named as one of the top 200 "Public Presence" Education Scholars four years in a row and blogs at the Huffington Post. Dr. Sarofian-Butin has consulted for, among others, the US Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), been a visiting scientist at MIT’s Office of Digital Learning, and has been the keynote speaker at institutions such as Duke University, the University of Toronto, and the Ohio State University. Dr. Sarofian-Butin's scholarship focuses on engaged learning, community engagement, educator preparation and policy, higher education policy, and, most recently, the rise of digital learning technologies. Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Sarofian-Butin was a middle school math and science teacher and the chief financial officer of Teach For America. More about Dr. Sarofian-Butin’s work can be found at www.danbutin.net. From 2009 through 2016 Dr. Sarofian-Butin founded and was the Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Democracy, which served as a central hub for developing, coordinating, and supporting academic programs – majors, minors and certificates – focused on community engagement, broadly defined.