Date(s) - Thursday April 23
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Brown-Lupton University Union (BLUU), Beck/Geren Rooms

Presentation by Dan Butin, PhD

Associate Professor and Dean, School of Education & Social Policy, Merrimack College

We are in the midst of the irreversible splintering of higher education, the rise of the “new majority” of “non-traditional” students, the expanding reliance on digital learning technologies, and the unbundling of faculty work. We – faculty and administrative leaders – must therefore be able to articulate the value proposition of higher education as a place where we help students transform knowledge rather than transfer information. To do so, we will need to temper our expectations in order actually strengthen them: we will need to figure out what we are good at, and what we are not, in order to revise the form and function of higher education. A revitalized notion of the role and relevance of the faculty is at the heart of this vision. Namely, faculty must embrace the idea of engaged and authentic learning in order to support student engagement, learning, and success.

Lunch is provided.

About the speaker

Dan ButinDan Butin, PhD, 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. Dr. 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 was named by Education Week as one of the top 200 “Public Presence” Education Scholars three years in a row (2012, 2013, and 2014) and blogs at the Huffington Post. Dr. 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. He is currently part of an MIT working group, sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation, developing an online education policy initiative. Dr. 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. Butin was a middle school math and science teacher and the chief financial officer of Teach For America. More about Dr. Butin’s work can be found at and about the Center for Engaged Democracy at

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