Dr. Janet Deck

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

Degrees Earned

BA in Elementary Education, Southeastern University
MEd in Reading Education, University of Central Florida
EdD 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 homeschool. 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, Florida. 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: Qualitative Research Methods and Research Practicum. Her research interests are parental involvement in literacy development, summer reading loss, and all approaches to qualitative inquiry.