David J. Thomas

Educational Accessibility Advisor

David J. Thomas, Ph.D., serves as the Educational Accessibility Advisor and ADA Coordinator for the University.  He is the senior campus official responsible for implementation and legal compliance for all persons with disabilities under the ADA and Section 504.

Dr. Thomas joined the University of the Arts in July 2012 after serving in various academic and administrative posts in colleges and universities in Virginia and Washington. An active leader in professional organizations, he has presented at national and international scholarly conferences in sociolinguistics, cultural studies, comparative international higher education and comparative disability studies. He is an applied sociolinguist and educational sociologist and regularly conducts field research on the intersection of disability, education and culture across North America, Europe and Asia.

He holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education, an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and a B.A. in Individualized Integrative Studies in Dramaturgy from Old Dominion University. He studied Opera Performance at the North Carolina School of the Arts, American Sign Language at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, and sociocultural linguistics and evolutionary phonology at the Linguistic Society of America Institute at Stanford University. He holds faculty appointments in Liberal Arts and Museum Studies at UArts.

He lives in Philadelphia and is regularly found at Longwood Gardens, Chanticleer, and any of the many historic, cultural and architectural treasures the city has to offer.