Geneva Schaeffer Professor of Education and Social Sciences
Director, Center for Learning Disabilities
Office: Old Main, Room 215C
Dr. Thomas joined the College of Education and Social Sciences in 1993. He received a B.S in social sciences in 1969 from Northwest Missouri State University. After returning home from the military, he received a M.Ed. in psychology and counseling services in 1975 from Georgia State University and a M.Ed. in special education in 1976 from Columbus State University. He completed his Ph.D. in 1995 from the University of Mississippi.
Dr. Thomas is the co-author of Special Education Case-by-Case, Accommodations and Modifications for Students with Disabilities and TExES Success: A Comprehensive Guide to the Texas PPR Examination of Educator Competencies. He has authored and co-authored several publications and presented at numerous national and international conferences as an invited speaker.
Dr. Thomas' research interests include evidence based instructional practices in academically diverse classrooms and the performance of bilingual and special education students on high stakes tests.
Dr. Thomas is an international consultant on innovative approaches to promote content learning among diverse groups of learners, and he is the recipient of the prestigious Gordon Alley Partnership Award from the Institute for Research on Learning.
Dr. Thomas currently lives in Amarillo. He enjoys fishing, hiking and long walks along the beach.