Dan Sarofian-Butin

Academic Title

  • Professor, Education
  • Education Policy
  • Higher Education
  • High-Impact Practices
  • Service Learning
  • Teacher Preparation

Dan Sarofian-Butin, Ph.D., is a full professor in, and was founding Dean of, the Winston School of Education & Social Policy at Merrimack College. Dr. Sarofian-Butin is the author and editor of 100+ academic publications, including eight books, several of which have been translated into three languages. His scholarship focuses on civic and community engagement, teacher preparation, and higher education policy. He has been one of the top 200 “Public Presence” Education Scholars, consulted for, among others, the US Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), and written for publications as varied as InsideHigherEd, Education Week, the Huffington Post, and the Times Higher Education. 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. Dr. Sarofian-Butin has a B.S. in Management Science from MIT, an M.A. in Liberal Education from St. John’s College, and a Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Virginia.

Learn More About Dr. Sarofian-Butin’s Work 

  • Ph.D. Foundations of Education University of Virginia
  • M.A. Liberal Arts St. John’s College
  • B.S. Management Science Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Education Policy
  • Higher Education
  • High-Impact Practices
  • Service Learning
  • Teacher Preparation

Sarofian-Butin, D. 2022. “A Review of Rebecca Natow’s Reexamining the Federal Role in Higher Education, In Teachers College Record.

Sarofian-Butin, D. 2022. “Saving The University from Itself: Stanley Fish, Higher Education, and The Role of the Public Intellectual.” In J. DeVitis (Ed.) The Future of Higher Education: How Today’s Public Intellectuals Frame the Debate. Stylus Press.

Sarofian-Butin, D. 2017. “Me and the Devil Was Walkin’ Side-by-Side: Demythologizing (and Reviewing) the Handbook of Service Learning and Community Engagement.” Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 24(1).

Sarofian-Butin, D. 2017. “Democracy Dies in Dualisms: A Response to Atkinson’s ‘Dewey & Democracy’.” Democracy & Education, 25(2), Article 7.

Sarofian-Butin, D. 2017. “It’s Actually Not About The Student.” in InsideHigherEd. April 17, 2017.

Interviewed by the BBC: “Superstars Plan Next Career With Harvard Course” July 6, 2017.