David J. Thomas

Educational Accessibility Advisor and ADA/504 Coordinator
access@uarts.edu; djthomas@uarts.edu

David J. Thomas, Ph.D. was appointed as the Educational Accessibility Advisor and the University's ADA/504 Coordinator in July 2012. He is the senior campus official responsible for implementation and compliance under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Dr. Thomas serves on the Board of Directors of Disability Rights Pennsylvania, the Mental Health Advisory Council, the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the University of the Sciences, and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Temple University. He has taught courses at the graduate and undergraduate level in English composition, English as a Second Language, theatre history, higher education history and thesis research.  His research focuses on the intersections of disability, education, and culture, and he has presented papers in Europe, Asia, and North America. 

Dr. Thomas holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education, an M.A. in Applied Linguistics, a B.A. in Individualized Integrative Studies in Dramaturgy, and a graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. He studied Opera Performance at the North Carolina School of the Arts and Sociocultural Linguistics at the Linguistic Society of America Institute at Stanford University.