Mark Butland

Dr. Mark Butland is the Director of the Iowa EdTech Collaborative, promoting the educational technology sector growth and success in Iowa. The Collaborative identifies technologies that show promise from pre-K to PhD and provides statewide resources, mentors, funding options, efficacy assessment, and piloting opportunities across the state. Previously, Mark served as a community college campus dean and chief administrator, faculty senate president, and has held faculty positions at 2- and 4-year, public and private colleges and universities. Mark has worked extensively with the Higher Education Research and Development Institute, and currently serves on the board of directors for HERDI-South.


Mark earned his EdD in Community College Leadership from the Roueche Graduate Center, National American University, in 2007 and holds a MA in Communication Studies from Texas State University. His academic research has focused on instructional communication, competency-based education in higher education policy, and adaptive learning systems. Mark has authored several textbooks in his field and values presenting, consulting, and collaborating with business and industry.


Mark maintains strong connections with Austin Texas where his son and extended family reside. Mark enjoys vigorous hikes, moderate yoga, and light food adventuring, and reluctantly admits to being easily entertained by storytellers, comedians, and post-apocalyptic dystopian zombie movies.