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Scott, Marvin

Professor - Sociology
Sociology & Criminology


Jordan Hall - 371D


Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

Areas of Expertise
During his 21 years at Butler, Dr. Scott has served as special assistant to the President, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor of Education in the College of Education, and Professor and Chair of the Sociology and Criminology Department.

Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)
Dr. Scott is the author of several articles, among which: "Patriotic Speech and Symbolism in Black and White Churches as an Indicator of Value Assimilation among Voluntary versus Involuntary Immigrants," "Culture and Religion: Are Reconciliation and Church Integration Possible Among Black and White Christians," "Affirmative Action into the Twenty-First Century: Revision and Survival," written for the United States Commission on Civil Rights Midwestern Regional Office; "The Effect of Teacher Perception of Personality Factors on the Cognitive and Affective Learning of black Students;" "Playing at Affirmative Action," "Acceptance of Minority Student Personality Characteristics by Black and White Teachers." He authored a chapter in "The Future of Big City Schools: Desegregation Policies and Magnet Alternatives." He co-authored several books, among which: "The Essential Profession: Contemporary Issues in Education;" "Five Essential Dimensions of Curriculum Design: A Handbook for Teachers;" and "Schools on Trial: An Inside Account of the Boston Desegregation Case."


Dr. Scott earned his Bachelor’s degree from Johnson C. Smith University in Psychology, with one year of studies at the University of Allahabad, U.P. India, and his Master’s and Doctorate of Philosophy (1970) from the University of Pittsburgh.

Professional Credentials
Dr. Scott is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Phi Delta Kappa, Alpha Kappa Mu, Alpha Kappa Delta, and Phi Kappa Phi.

Dr. Scott was selected as a president participant in the Christian A. Johnson Leadership Seminars, and as an American Council on Education Fellow. He has been a National and International consultant in Europe and Africa. He taught in Italy and served as director of the Boston University overseas education program. He figured prominently in five federal desegregation cases, (in the Boston School case as a Court Appointed Expert). He has been awarded the Paul Revere Patriots Award by the governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to the Boy Scouts of America, and an Honorary Doctorate of Law Degree from Martin University. He is a founding board member of the Abraham Clark School of Law. Dr. Scott was nominated by President George W. Bush and was affirmed by the Senate to serve on the National Council for the Humanities. On one occasion, he chaired the Digital Humanities Committee, where he regularly served as a member. He served on the Indianapolis Waterworks Board and during his last year of service as its president. He serves as the governor’s appointee to the Mid-West Interstate Passenger Rail Commission.

Association Memberships (professional/educational)
Currently serves on the Regional and Local Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Professional Experience
Prior to joining Butler University, Dr. Scott was a program officer for Higher Education at Lilly Endowment, President of Saint Paul's College, and Assistant to the Chancellor for the Board of Regents for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. At Boston University, he was the W. E. B. Dubois Lecturer, Professor, Associate Dean of Education, and Assistant to the Provost and President. He spent one year as special assistant to the President of the University of Massachusetts system and as an adjunct professor.