A.A., Secondary Education, Lorain County Community College
B.A., History and Secondary Education, Cedarville College
M.A., History, Brown University
M.S., Strategic Resource Management, Industrial College of the Armed Forces
Ph.D., History, University of Iowa

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Director of the Leadership Program
Associate Professor of History

Debra Shattuck Burton is a retired Air Force Colonel. Among her many worldwide military assignments, she spent four years as Instructor and Assistant Professor of History at the U. S. Air Force Academy, teaching world history, military history, and American history. She was in the Pentagon on 9-11 when terrorists flew a plane into the building. After retiring from the Air Force, Dr. Burton served as a subject matter expert for National American University–writing and teaching its first American History distance learning course. Dr. Burton has published numerous articles on military logistics and on history. She is the author of Bloomer Girls: Women Baseball Pioneers (University of Illinois Press, January 2017). Dr. Burton has won numerous awards for her writing and professional accomplishments. She completed a term on the Board of Trustees for Lifeline Connection of the Black Hills and taught a Bible study at the local Juvenile Services Center. She oversees JWC’s New Beginning Program which offers current and former inmates the opportunity to earn college credits. Dr. Burton’s husband of 32 years, Cliff Shattuck, passed away in March 2016 from pancreatic cancer. Through God’s incredible grace and leading, Debra re-married in November of 2017 to Richard Burton, who lost his wife Tammy to pancreatic cancer in 2016. Dr. Burton has three grown children: David, Kristen, and Katie, and one grandson, Aremis.

Courses Taught at John Witherspoon College
HIS305 – History of Christianity I
HIS306 – History of Christianity II
HIS/HUM211 – American Experience I
HIS/HUM212 – American Experience II
HIS/HUM311 – Medieval World (Co-Instructor)
LDR101 – Leadership Foundations I
LDR201 – Leadership Foundations II