School of Education

Faculty/Staff Profiles

Cynthia Christine Mi Deaton

Assistant Professor

Office: 418F
Phone: 864-656-5115
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Educational Background

Ph.D. Science Education
University of Georgia 2007

M.Ed Science Education
Georgia Southern University 2001

B.S. Biology
Valdosta State University 1998


Current Certifications:
Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies Graduate Certificate
Gifted Education Teacher Certificate (In-Field)
Secondary Science Teaching Certificate for Broadfield Science (7-12)

Academic Background:
Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, August 2006-August 2008
Science Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Mississippi

Project Director ITQG project, June 2005-July 2007
Graduate Assistantship, Project TEAMS: Teaching Environmental and Multicultural Science, Learning and Performance Support Laboratory, University of Georgia

Graduate Research Assistant, August 2003–May 2004
Graduate Assistantship, Knowles Science Teacher Mentoring Research Project, Department of Science Education, University of Georgia

Curriculum Developer and Programs Manager, August 2002-July 2003
Graduate Assistantship, 3DPD Virtual Solar System Project, Learning and Performance Support Laboratory, University of Georgia

Secondary Science Teacher, August 1999 – July 2002
Biology and Physical Science Teacher, Brunswick High School, Brunswick, Georgia

Serves on Editorial Board for Journal of Science Teacher Education (2009-present)
Serves on Committee on Preservice Teacher Preparation, National Science Teachers Association (2008-present)

Member of the following organizations:
American Educational Research Association (AERA), member (2006-2009)
National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), member (2004-2009)
National Science Teacher Association (NSTA), member (2003-2009)
Association for the Education of Teachers of Science (AETS), member (2005-2009)
Southeastern Association for Science Teacher Education (SASTE), member (2004, 2005, 2008)

Courses Taught

EDEL 451: Elementary Methods in Science Teaching
ED 901: Case Study Research
EDF 879: Advanced Qualitative Research
ED 738: Cells and Genetics

at University of Mississippi 2006-2008
EDEL 404: Science in the Elementary School
EDEL 403: Mathematics in the Elementary School
EDLE 417: Action Lab in the Elementary School (includes supervising field experiences)
EDLE 464: Student Teaching in the Elementary School (includes supervising field experiences)
EDEL 615: Problems and Investigations in Teaching Elementary School Science
EDSE 646: Advanced Methods of Teaching Science (Secondary Science Education)
EDCI 351: Foundations of Education
EDUC 557: Special Topics in Education (Becoming a Reflective Practitioner)
HON 301: Honors Individual-Basis Studies (Conducting research in elementary science education)

Research Interests

Reflective Practice
Teachers use of Evidence and Explanations
Using Technology Tools for Reflection
Preservice Science Teacher Preparation
Professional Development for Science Teachers (K-12)