Malcolm Butler Appointed Dean For Cato College of Education

Malcolm Butler will join UNC Charlotte’s Cato College of Education as dean in January 2022. He will arrive from the University of Central Florida where he is professor and director of the School of Teacher Education and coordinator of the Ph.D. program in Science Education in the College of Community Innovation and Education. He holds a secondary appointment with the Learning Sciences Faculty Cluster.  

Currently, Butler leads an academic unit of more than 50 full-time faculty members and more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students within the Hispanic-serving metropolitan doctoral research university. He has secured more than $7 million in funding to support his research and scholarly initiatives and has co-authored and co-edited three books and numerous book chapters and journal articles. Butler is one of the authors of the K-5 science curriculum, National Geographic Science.

Butler recently served as president of the Association for Science Teacher Education and is past chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Southern University, a historically Black university in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and an M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida. 

“As one of the largest teacher preparation institutions in the state, UNC Charlotte has sought an experienced administrator, researcher and mentor who can further the college’s goal to be a leader in educational equity through excellence and engagement,” said Provost Joan Lorden. “We believe Malcolm Butler is that leader, and we welcome him warmly as UNC Charlotte enters its next chapter as Charlotte’s urban research university."

UNC Charlotte Media Release

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Cindy Paska - Tuesday, October 12, 2021
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Congratulations, Malcolm!! UNC is fortunate to have you to lead their Cato College of Education. You're going to take that college by storm!

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