Dr. Janet Deck

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

Degrees Earned

B.A.in Elementary Education, Southeastern University
M.Ed.in Reading Education, University of Central Florida
Ed.D.in Educational Leadership, 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. 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 homeschooled her four children, 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.

Dr. Deck teaches the following classes: Teaching and Learning with Students of Poverty; Qualitative Research Methods; and Organizational Change and Strategies. Her research interests are parental involvement in children’s reading development and summer reading loss.