Community engagement -- the umbrella term I use for a host of distinct yet interrelated practices such as service-learning, participatory action research, civic engagement, public scholarship, and community-based research -- has become one of the most common and most powerful models for engaged teaching and learning in higher education. Yet I have long argued that we have reached an “engagement ceiling” in that our practices are all too often “a mile wide and an inch thick.” My work thus focuses on fostering powerful models of community-based teaching, learning, and research. I do so through a variety of conceptual and pragmatic strategies that have been used and replicated nationally and internationally: (1) I highlight “the four Rs” of community engagement: respect; reflection; reciprocity; relevance. (2) I explicate the distinctive ways that faculty can make use of service-learning: technical; cultural; political; antifoundational. (3) I suggest that community engagement should be seen as a distinctive academic endeavor (much like Boyer's Scholarship of Engagement) that requires substantial individual, disciplinary, and institutional investment and support. My work has been praised by some of the top scholars in the field: 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.” Below are links to some of my key articles on these issues as well as a listing of all of my scholarship on these issues.
Dan Sarofian-Butin. (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).
Dan Butin. (2015). “Preface.” In Susan Iverson and Jennifer James (Editors). Feminist Community Engagement: Achieving Praxis. (pp. vii-x.) NY: Palgrave.
Dan Butin. (2014). “Dreaming of Justice: Critical Service Learning and the Need to Wake Up.” Theory into Practice. Pp. 5-10.
Dan Butin. (2014). “Framing Statement: Identifying the Current Critical Challenges of Advancing Community Engaged Scholarship” with John Saltmarsh and Elaine Ward, for the 2014 Lynton Colloquium Next Generation Research Initiative.
Dan Butin. (2014). “The Future of the Civic in an Online World” in Civic Learning and Teaching, (pp. 1-9) edited by Ashley Finley. Washington, DC: AAC&U.
Dan Butin. (2010). Service-Learning in Theory and Practice: The Future of Community Engagement in Higher Education. NY: Palgrave. [Winner of the 2011 AESA Critics Choice Book Award. To be translated into Arabic in 2017.]
Dan Butin. (2008). Service-Learning and Social Justice Education. NY: Routledge. (Editor).
Dan Butin. (2007). Guest Editor. “Service-Learning and Social Justice Education” Equity & Excellence in Education, 40(2).
Dan Butin. (2006). Guest Editor. “Future Directions for Service-Learning in Higher Education”, International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 18(1).
Dan Butin. (2005). Service-Learning in Higher Education: Critical Issues and Directions. NY: Palgrave. (Editor). [Translated into Korean in 2015.]
Dan Butin. (2013). “The Walls We Build and Break Apart: Inside-Out as Transformational Pedagogy.” in Simone Weil Davis and Barbara Sherr Roswell (Editors). Turning Teaching Inside Out: A Pedagogy of Transformation. Pp. ix-xii. NY: Palgrave.
Dan Butin. (2013). “Transformation is Just Another Word: Thinking Through the Future of Community Engagement in the Disrupted University.” In Deepening Community Engagement in Higher Education: Forging New Pathways, pp. 245-252. edited by Ariane Hoy and Mathew Johnson. NY: Palgrave.
Dan Butin. (2013). “Preface.” In David T. Moore, Engaged Learning in the Academy:Challenges and Possibilities. Pp. ix-xii. NY: Palgrave.
Dan Butin. (2013). “Pushing Back the Rhetoric: A Review of What Community Engagement Can Do” Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning. Pp. 89-94. (with Daniyal Saud)
Dan Butin. (2012). “Preface.” In Core Competencies in Civic Engagement. Andover, MA: Center for Engaged Democracy.
Dan Butin. (2012). “Jewish Studies and Service-Learning in Higher Education: What Each Can Gain From the Other.” Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Pp. 157-164. (co-authored with N. Pianko). Volume 87 (1/2).
Dan Butin. (2008). “Service-Learning” In Encyclopedia of the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education, edited by Eugene F. Provenzo, Jr. NY: SAGE Publications.
Dan Butin. (2008). “Saving the University on His Own Time: Stanley Fish, Service-Learning, and Knowledge Legitimation in the Academy” Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning. Pp. 62-69.
Dan Butin. (2007). “Rethinking Engagement: Strengthening Faculty Buy-In to Community Engagement.” Change, Nov/Dec., 2007. Pp. 34-37.
Dan Butin. (2007). “Justice Learning: Service-Learning as Justice-Oriented Education”, Equity & Excellence in Education. 40(2). Pp. 177-183.
Dan Butin. (2006). “The Limits of Service-Learning in Higher Education”, The Review of Higher Education, 29(4). Pp. 473-498. (reprinted in M. Tight (Ed.) Higher Education, NY: Taylor & Francis.)
Dan Butin. (2007). “Civic Engagement.” In Encyclopedia of the American High School, edited by Kathryn Borman, Spencer Cahill, and Bridget Cotner. New York: Greenwood Publishing.
Dan Butin. (2006). “Special Issue Introduction: Future Directions for Service-Learning in Higher Education”, International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 18(1). Pp. 1-4.
Dan Butin. (2005). “Preface: Disturbing Normalizations of Service-Learning” in D. Butin (Ed.) Service-Learning in Higher Education: Critical Issues and Directions. Pp. vii-xx. Palgrave.
Dan Butin. (2005). “Service-Learning as Postmodern Pedagogy” in D. Butin (Ed.) Service-Learning in Higher Education: Critical Issues and Directions. Pp. 89-104. Palgrave.
Dan Butin. (2005). “Service-Learning is Dangerous”, National Teaching & Learning Forum, 14(4).
Dan Butin. (2003). “Of What Use Is It?: Multiple Conceptualizations of Service-Learning in Education”, In Teachers College Record, 105(9), pp. 1674-1692.