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SoTL Academy 2012 Keynote Speaker Biographies

Keynote Presenter Biographies

Carmen Werder

Carmen Werder, Director, Teaching-Learning Academy, Writing Instruction Support, & Learning Commons

Blair Kaufer, undergraduate student

Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA


Blair Kaufer is in her third year as an undergraduate at Western Washington University in Bellingham with plans to double major in Cultural and Archaeological Anthropology.  She got her start in WWU's Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) in her first year of college as part of an education class on "Exploring the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning," and she has continued to participate as a volunteer ever since.  Influenced by the TLA's values about collaboration, Blair applied for and was accepted to participate in cultural study on the value and meaning of community in Thailand and India during Winter Quarter 2012.  She hopes to build on that experience and study by doing graduate work in anthropology.  She is very excited to participate in her first academic conference!
  Carmen Werder directs the Teaching-Learning Academy and the Writing Instruction Support program at Western Washington University, where she also teaches rhetoric and civil discourse. As a 2005 Carnegie Scholar, she initiated an ongoing study of the use of personal metaphors in developing a sense of agency. She headed up both Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) initiatives on working with students as co-inquirers in the scholarship of teaching and learning: the Sustaining Student Voices cluster (2003-06) and the Institutional Leadership Program Student Voices themed group (2006-09). Carmen currently co-chairs the "Students as Co-inquirers" special interest group within the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL). Carmen co-edited the book Engaging Student Voices in the Study of Teaching and Learning (Stylus 2010) with a former student.


Dan Butin

Dan Butin

Founding Dean and Associate Professor, School of Education

Merrimack College

North Andover, MA

Dan W. Butin is an associate professor and founding dean of the school of education at Merrimack College. He is the author and editor of more than sixty academic publications, including the books 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, The Education Dissertation: A Guide for Practitioner-Scholars (2010), Service-Learning and Social Justice Education (2008), Teaching Social Foundations of Education (2005), as well as the forthcoming book The Engaged Campus. Dr. Butin's research focuses on issues of educator preparation and policy, and community engagement. 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 of Dr. Butin's work can be found at