Dr. Heaton has been at the University of Nevada, Reno since 2004. She is a professor of geography, and has held numerous administrative positions at the University, including geography graduate program director, geography department chair, university vice provost for faculty affairs, and currently serves as the University senior vice provost. At the request of the Sierra Nevada University Board of Trustees, and under a shared services agreement between the University of Nevada, Reno and Sierra Nevada University, she served as SNU's executive vice president and provost during the acquisition year (2021-2022). She remains the executive at this new UNR location – the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe.
- B.S., Biology, University of North Texas, 1993
- M.S., Biology, University of North Texas, 1996
- Ph.D., Geography, Oregon State University, 2001