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Dean of the School of Education & Social Policy a Top-100 “Public Presence” Education Scholar of 2013



January 13, 2014
Dan Butin, Ph.D., the Founding Dean of the School of Education and Social Policy, has been named one of the top 100 “Public Presence” Education Scholars of 2013.

The Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings, an annual listing of scholars known for making significant contributions to national debates in education, is compiled by Rick Hess, the Director of Educational Policy for the American Enterprise Institute and an Education Week blogger. Dr. Butin was ranked no. 83 out of a total of 200 of the top education scholars in the country.

“Given that there are well over 20,000 university-based faculty tackling educational questions in the U.S.,” Hess writes on his blog, “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 rubric reflects both a scholar’s body of academic work–encompassing the breadth and influence of their scholarship–and their footprint on the public discourse last year.” Dr. Butin was honored in 2012 as well, being ranked number 80 out of 168 top education scholars.

Dr. Butin is an Associate Professor and Founding Dean of the School of Education & Social Policy at Merrimack College and the Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Democracy. He is the author and editor of more than seventy academic publications, including eight books, such as Service-Learning in Theory and Practice: The Future of Community Engagement in Higher Education (2010), which won the 2010 Critics Choice Book Award of the American Educational Studies Association, Teaching Social Foundations of Education (2005), and, most recently with Scott Crabill, Community Engagement 2.0: Dialogues on the Future of the Civic in the Disrupted University (In Press). Dr. Butin is an Associate Editor of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning and a board member of the Journal of College and Character. Dr. Butin’s research focuses on issues of educator preparation and policy, and community engagement. He blogs at the Education Policy Blog and at the Huffington Post. Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Butin was a middle school math and science teacher and the chief financial officer of Teach For America.

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