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James Thomas

Dr. James Thomas

Assistant Professor


With teaching and research interests focusing on the history of higher education, student affairs, and elements related to historically under-served populations, Dr. Thomas enjoys being able to link legal and historical movements to modern education issues and developments to demonstrate the import of both history and current issues in education. Holding a degree in Secondary Education as well and having worked in various elements of the Student Affairs field, Dr. Thomas also enjoys considering elements of student culture, the interplay of student diversity on individual college expectations, and forms of outreach and engagement. Finally, having served as student staff throughout all his degree work, Dr. Thomas is interested in the experience of both undergraduate and graduate student employees at higher education institutions.

  • PHD - University of Kentucky (2017)
  • MS - University of Kentucky (2009)
  • BA - University of Kentucky (2003)

HE 612: Helping Skills in Student Affairs
HE 614: Student Affairs Administration
HE 615: The American College Student
HE 654: Practicum for Student Affairs
HE 705: Social Justice in Higher Education
HE 711: Higher Education History
HE 716: Higher Education Law

  • Higher Education Institutions Respond to Epidemics, History of Education Quarterly, 2020, 10.1017/heq.2020.11
  • Emotional Support Animals: How to Accommodate All Students, Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2020, 10.1177/1555458920941557
  • Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR)
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • QPR Gatekeeper Training
  • American Library Association
  • History of Education Society

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Areas of Expertise

Student Affairs, History of Higher Education, Historically Underserved Populations in Education, Popular Culture and Education