Dr. Janet Deck

Chair, Department of Doctoral Programs of Education jldeck@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BA in Elementary Education, Southeastern College
MEd in Reading Education, University of Central Florida
EdD, Walden University


In 2008, Dr. Janet Deck joined the faculty at Southeastern, her alma mater, to share her expertise and 22 years of experience in education, including stints in public, private, and home-school situations. Most of her teaching years were spent working with fifth-grade students, teaching at both Campbell Park Elementary School in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Faith Christian Academy in Orlando. She has also taught Latin in middle and high school and has taught English at the South African School of Theology.

Having been called in their teens to do mission work, Dr. Deck and her husband met at Southeastern and then pursued that call together, working in evangelism and church planting for the Assemblies of God World Missions in Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition to her mission work, she also home-schooled her four children there, but seeing the disparity in South Africa between the Afrikaans schools and the township schools has only fueled Dr. Deck’s passion for reading education, here and abroad.

Knowing that if students do not learn to read, their academic demise is inevitable, Dr. Deck strives to instill an infectious passion for reading in her university students, who will then pass that passion on to their students. Dr. Deck says that the opportunity to teach Southeastern education majors how to be passionate about reading excites her. She also teaches her students to engage budding readers with hands-on, interactive reading strategies. Dr. Deck further believes that, besides students’ academic needs for solid reading instruction, those who cannot read God’s Word really miss out on this important form of communication from God.

Dr. Deck teaches the following classes: Introduction to Reading; Methods of Teaching Language Arts; Advanced Methods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts; Diagnosis, Assessment, and Evaluation of Reading; and Teaching Reading in the Content Areas. Her research interests are parental involvement in children’s reading development and summer reading loss.