Dr. Dawn R. Butler

Dawn ButlerAssistant Professor of Education
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BS in Elementary Education and Remedial Reading, Ohio University
MEd in Guidance and Counseling, Ohio University
MS in Reading Education, St. Thomas University
MS in Special Education, St. Thomas University
EdSp in Educational Leadership, Barry University
EdD in Educational Leadership, Nova Southeastern University


In 2014, Dr. Dawn Butler joined the faculty at Southeastern, bringing with her more than 25 years of experience in education, including in public, private, P–12 and college institutions. She has served at various schools in Ohio and Florida as an elementary teacher on several levels, reading specialist, guidance counselor, assistant principal, principal and college professor.

After working as a school administrator for more than 20 years, she felt the Lord calling her to a new venture. On a chance encounter with a priest who was serving as a dean at a local college of education, Dr. Butler was challenged to go back to school at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida, and pursue her second and third master’s degrees in reading and special education. Subsequently, one semester before finishing these degrees, St. Thomas University invited her to begin adjunct teaching, which launched her career track in the direction of higher education. She discovered a whole new passion for the teaching of reading to future teachers, serving first as an adjunct (2008–2011) and now as a full-time reading professor (2011–present).

Dr. Butler formerly taught reading education at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, before coming to Southeastern. While working at Huntingdon College, she also taught reading as an adjunct professor and pursued advanced doctoral studies in reading education at Auburn University. She has previously taught at three other Florida colleges: Trinity University (Florida campus), Palm Beach Atlantic University and St. Thomas University.

Dr. Butler is enthusiastic about teaching at Southeastern, where the spiritual components of education are stressed as much if not more than the academic parts. Being able to purposefully integrate scripture into classroom presentations is something Dr. Butler has written about and now will be able to implement thoroughly in her classes. Beyond this, she believes that reading is a fundamental part of everyday life and considers it a calling to be able to plant seeds of excellence in literacy instruction in the lives of future teachers.

Dr. Butler teaches the following classes at Southeastern: Introduction to Reading, Methods of Teaching Language Arts and Fine Arts, and Children’s Literature and Child Development.