Kelli Ruth Thomas, Ph.D

School of Education and Human Sciences - Curriculum & Teaching
Associate Professor
Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Undergraduate Programs
Primary office:
785.864.9681
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 214B
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Rd
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101


Summary

Dr. Kelli Thomas is Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Undergraduate programs in the School of Education at the University of Kansas and Associate Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. Dr. Thomas's professional work has focused on mathematics and science teaching, learning, and assessment in schools for more than 25 years. She has been involved in educator preparation and professional development of educators in university and K-12 settings. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Kansas, Thomas was on faculty at the University of Central Missouri. She began her career in education teaching in public school settings including the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) in Germany.

Dr. Thomas specializes in educator preparation, professional development, and elementary mathematics education.

Education

Teaching

Teaching Interests

  • Educator Preparation
  • Mathematics education
  • Elementary mathematics methods
  • Mathematics instruction
  • Mathematics curriculum

Research

Dr. Thomas's research investigates issues related to educator preparation, assessment and evaluation, mathematics and science education in schools, mathematics teacher development, and students' mathematical reasoning as they solve problems. Thomas previously served as the Mathematics Learning Map Team Leader for the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment Project through the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas.

Thomas has published results of her collaborative research in various journals such as the Journal of Educational Research, School Science and Mathematics, Action in Teacher Education, Teaching Children Mathematics, and the American Journal of Evaluation. She has presented sessions at international, national, and regional conferences in the fields of mathematics education, assessment and evaluation, and educational research.

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Associate professor Diane Nielsen involved in $120 million project to overhaul how reading is taught to children by 2015
School of Education is 10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
—U.S. News & World Report
3.35: average GPA of students admitted to teacher education program
All teacher education programs accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
All teacher education programs accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education
Alumni have been named Kansas Teacher of the Year
Alumni have received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the Horizon Award
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