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Dr. Deedee Southerlin

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Role: Adult Programs Manager

Education: Doctorate of Education in Adult and Career Education, Valdosta State University; Master of Science in Sociology, Valdosta State University; Bachelor of Science in Criminology, Valdosta State University

Specialization: Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation, Needs Assessments, Budget Development and Management, Comprehensive Understanding of Adult Learning Styles, Data Collection and Analysis, Collaborative Development


Dr. Deedee Southerlin joined the Georgia Southern University Division of Continuing Education in August of 2017. As the adult programs manager, she develops and implements programs for professional development, personal enrichment, online learning and customized training solutions for business and industry. 

Southerlin has more than 20 years of experience with over 15 of those in post-secondary education. Having worked at both the technical college and university level, she has extensive experience managing collaborative efforts between various community partners, grant management as well as the development and implementation of programs. She has developed for-credit courses and provided instruction in the traditional classroom, hybrid and distance education settings in the fields of sociology and adult education for numerous post-secondary institutions.  She is also an experienced social worker through the delivery of programs targeted at children, youth and their families for the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. 

Her educational background in adult and career education has provided her with the tools to understand adult learners, their needs and learning styles while her background in sociology has provided the foundation to analyze complex issues like welfare, poverty, substance abuse and job training needs.  Dr. Southerlin has served on various boards throughout her career and was recognized as a University Council for Workforce and Human Resources Education Outstanding Dissertation Award Nominee Top Finalist.

Last updated: 5/6/2020