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Mark Button has been dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln since July 1, 2019. He also serves as a professor of political science.
Button was previously with the University of Utah, where he served in many leadership roles over the past decade, including department chair, associate chair, and director of graduate studies. During his time there, he recruited and retained award-winning faculty across all ranks, spurred new research and academic collaborations in many of the colleges, and expanded the undergraduate curriculum and majors. He also increased the diversity of students and faculty, established new scholarships, increased graduate student funding, and created a successful campus-community public dialogue series.
Button is a first-generation college student and holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science with a minor in peace studies from the University of Oregon. His doctorate in political science is from Rutgers University. Button has written two scholarly books and numerous articles that focus on political ethics, deliberative democracy, and the history of moral and political thought.