Dr. Deaton began his career in education as a middle grades English teacher in London, KY.  In that position, he worked with students from various socioeconomic backgrounds in the areas of reading, writing, drama, and video production.  Dr. Deaton’s innovative use of technology in the classroom led to him receiving Campbellsville University’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012. 

Upon completing his Doctorate, Dr. Deaton transitioned into higher education as a professor at UC in 2013.  He initially served as the Director of UC’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program, working alongside his colleagues to coordinate statewide mentoring initiatives while also teaching courses related to research, literacy, and clinical experiences.  In the role of MAT Director, Dr. Deaton served on the School of Education’s Leadership Team and oversaw program experiences related to compliance, accreditation, and student success.

Dr. Deaton became Associate Dean in UC’s School of Education in 2015, and he was named Dean in 2016 - remaining in that position until 2022. Dr. Deaton represents teacher educators in local, state and national roles, including recent service as a board member for the Kentucky Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (KACTE) and as a site visitor for the Council of Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP).  In 2017, Dr. Deaton was awarded a Citation of Achievement from the Kentucky House of Representatives for his service and contributions to Kentucky education.

Ed.D. Educational Leadership, University of the Cumberlands, 2013
MAED Reading/Writing Specialist, University of the Cumberlands, 2010
BA English Education, Alice Lloyd College, 2008

Deaton, S. (2017, March). Preparing tomorrow’s teachers. Presented at the Leadership Tri-County) Education Day, Williamsburg, KY.

Deaton, S. (2016, August). Engaging students: The active learning classroom. Presented at McCreary County Middle School, Pine Knot, KY.

Deaton, S. (2015, November). Developing self-efficacy for students of poverty through instructional practice. Presented at Southeast Southcentral Education Cooperative (SESC), Corbin, KY.

Deaton, S. (2015, November). The active learning classroom. Presented at Southeast Southcentral Education Cooperative (SESC), Corbin, KY.

Deaton, S. (2015, October). Transferring constructivist instructional strategies to K-12 settings. Presented at the Appalachian College Association (ACA), Kingsport, TN.

Deaton, S. (2015, January). Effective online teaching and learning for diverse learners. Presented at University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, KY.

Deaton, S., & Creekmore, J. (2015). The active learning classroom: Strategies for practical educators. Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press.

Deaton, S. (2015). Social learning theory in the age of social media: Implications for educational practitioners. I-manager’s Journal of Educational Technology, 12(1), 1-6.

Deaton, S. (2014). Impact of the English Advanced Placement (AP) program on college grade point average among rural Appalachian students. The Rural Educator, 35(3), 1-11.

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