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ARMSTRONG ATLANTIC STATE UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Department of Adolecent and Adult Education


 

Name: Patrick Gene Thomas

Position:  Associate Professor

Email: Patrick.Thomas@armstrong.edu
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Credentials

Educational/Professional Credentials

  • Ph.D. or Ed.D.

    Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas

    PhD Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary/Middle Level Social Studies,

    Area of emphasis- Geographic Education, 2001

     

  • M.S. or M.A.

    Adams State College, Alamosa, Colorado

    Master of Arts, Physical Education, 1980

  • Ft. Hays State University, Hays, Kansas

    Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas

    Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, summers 1980 & 1981

    Whittier College, Whittier, California

    California State Teachers Certification, 1975

     

     

  • B.S. or B.A.

    Southern California College (Vanguard University), Costa Mesa, California

    Bachelor of Arts History, 1972

  • Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Springs, Colorado

     

 

 

Professional Experience

Professional Experience

2002 to present, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, GA
Middle/Secondary/Adult Education Faculty, Associate Professor

Service:

Teaching and Learning Faculty Grant assessment committee (2010-present)

 Trans-Atlantic Degree Program Development Committee mamber for Russia and the New Asian States (2007-2011)

 Review editor for The Journal of Social Studies Research (2005-present)

Co-director of the Southeast region for the Georgia Council for Economic Education (2008-2011 sp)

Local arrangement chair for the 2010 national conference of the National Council for Geographic Education held in Savannah, GA (2001)

Coordinator Middle Grades Master of Arts in Teaching (2007 to 2009)

Interim Director for Educational Programs at the Brunswick Center (2007)
Coordinator for Graduate Programs Middle Grades and Secondary Education Department (Fall 2006)

University Curriculum Committee (2003-2008)

NCAA University Intercollegiate Athletics Committee (2004-present, chairperson 2006)

College of Education Curriculum committee (2003-2009)

COE COE NCATE Standard 1 & 2 Committee (2006)

COE NCATE Standard 6 Committee (2007-2010)

Teacher’s Resource Room committee (2004-2009)

Middle/Secondary/Adult Ed Selection committee for Department Chairperson (2005)

A variety of other College of Education and Department of Middle/Secondary Education sub-committees

Director Study Abroad Kazakhstan (Central Asia) 2002-2007
Co-Director Study Abroad China 2010 Co- Director Study Abroad Vietnam 2008

Community Activities- presentations to civic groups, public and private schools, Savannah 100 Celebrity Men Who Cook, presentations at local church


Teaching:

EDUC 3400 (MGSE 4090) Classroom Management Strategies

MGSE 6400 Classroom Management

MGSE 5400 U/G (MGSE 4400) Content Methods Social Studies

MGSE 5420 U/G Geography for Middle Grades Teachers

MGSE 4900 Special Topics

MGED 7990 Special Topics
MGED 7100
MGSE 6100 Adolecent Growth and Development

PEBC 1601 Beginning Golf

PBEC 1602 Intermediate Golf

HIST 3000 Special Topics- Geography for Teachers

Student Teacher and Intern Assessment

1988-2002, Valley Center High School, Valley Center Public Schools USD 262, Valley Center, Kansas, 67147

Teaching Assignment:

Government

International Studies

Geography

World History

United States History

Coaching: Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf

Service:

Member, Valley Center School District Curriculum Council 1997-2000, Chairperson

1999-2000

Member, Search Committee for District Superintendent, 1996

High School Coordinator for Students Vote Kansas, 1996-1999

Chairperson/Member Faculty Social Committee, 1994-2000

Chairperson, Faculty/Community Search Committee for High School Principal, 1999

1987 to 1988- Wichita Public Schools, USD 159, Wichita, Kansas


Full time substitute teacher K-12, Spring 1998 full time Middle Level geography

1982 to 1987- Kansas Newman College (Newman University), Wichita Kansas

Physical Education Department Chairperson/Instructor

Teaching:

Physical Education

History and Principles of Physical Education

Kinesiology

Principles of Athletic Training

Coaching Theory

Physical Activity Classes

Developed and implemented a new major in Industrial/Corporate Fitness Management

Coaching: Women’s Volleyball and Basketball

Service:

Member North Central Accreditation Committee

Member National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) District 10 Executive Committee, 1986-1987

Member NAIA District 10 Women’s Basketball Committee, 1986-1987

Member NAIA District 10 Volleyball Tournament Committee, 1984-1985

Member National Strength Coaches Association, 1983-1988

1980 to 1982- Adams State College, Alamosa, Colorado

Graduate Assistant Women’s Volleyball (1980) and Cross Country (1981)

1978 to 1980- Center High School, Center, Colorado

Department Chairperson for Social Studies, World History and United States History

Athletic Director with coaching assignments

1974 to 1978- Orange County, California

Worked at a variety of positions, substitute teacher at four Orange County School Districts

1972 to 1974- Worked as a truck driver, California and Colorado

1967 to 1972- College Student

 

 

 

Intellectual Contributions

 

Intellectual Contributions

A. Professional Publications

 

    Articles in Refereed Journals

Thomas, P. G. (2006), Preservice Practicum Teaching in Central Asia: A Positive Experience for both Worlds. Journal of Social Studies Research, 30 (1), 21-25

Thomas, P. G. (2005) American Higher Education, Thoughts and Concerns for the Future. Kazakhstan on the way to the Modernization of Economical and Social System-Materials of International Scientific-Practical Conference, Astana Kazakhstan. 15-18

    Articles in State Journals

Thomas, P. G. (2000), Kansas to Kazakhstan- A Journey to the Other Side of the World. Geographic Insights. 10 (2), 21-27

Thomas, P.G.  (1999), Picture Exploration.  Geographic Insights 9 (2), 22-24

Thomas, P. G. (1999), Uzbekistan, Impressions of a Nation in Change.  Geographic Insights 9 (1), 30-33

Thomas, P. G. & Witten, B. L. (1999), Planning a Water Festival.  Kansas Geographic Alliance Website.  http:/www.fhsu.edu/kga

Thomas, P. G. & Crane, R.  (1996), Geographic Awareness Week.  Geographic Insights, 6 (4)

Thomas, P. G. (1995), Country Reports.  Geography Lessons published by Kansas Geographic Alliance

 

B. Professional Presentations

     Professional Papers at National/International Meetings

 Thomas, P., Isele, F., Thompson, H., &  Zeigler, D. (2011, Aug)    What can you do with National geographic Magazine, 2011, Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education, Portland, OR

Isele, Fred and Thomas, P. G.  (2008, Nov) The Stans-Central Asia, 2008, National Council for Social Studies National Conference in Houston, TX,

Thomas, P. G. & Witten, B. (Oct 2007), The Cherokee Nation in Georgia: A geographical Perspective, Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education, Okla City, OK

Thomas, P. G. (2006, Oct),  Kazakhstan- Land in the Middle, Study Abroad: Lead the Adventure Astana, Kazakhstan,Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education, Lake Tahoe, NV

Thomas, P. G.  (2005, May), Topics and Concerns for American Universities,  Paper presented at College of Management, Astana, Kazakhstan

   Thomas,, P. G. (2003, May),  An  Assessment of Geographic Knowledge of and factors that influence that knowledge of Preservice Teachers at Selected Midwestern Universities, Third International Conference on Geographic Education, Southwest Texas State University at San Marcos. 

Thomas, P G.  (2002, October)   The Assessment of Geographic Knowledge of and factors that influence that knowledge of Preservice Teachers at Selected Midwestern Universities, Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education, Philadelphia, PA

Thomas, P. G. (2000, August).  Kansas to Kazakhstan.   Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education, Chicago, IL.

Thomas, P. G. & Hribar, G. (1999, November).  Uzbekistan: Past Experiences and Future Prospects.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education, Boston, MA.

Thomas, P. G., Witten, B. L. & Isele, F. (1999, November).  The Use of Literature to Teach the Five Themes.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education, Boston, MA.

Thomas, P. G. (1999, November).  The Geographic Knowledge of Preservice Teachers.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education, Boston, MA.

Thomas, P. G.  (1999, May).  The Assessment of Geographic Knowledge of Preservice Teachers at Selected Midwestern Universities. Paper presented at the International Conference on Research in Geographic Education, San Marcos, TX.

Thomas, P. G. (1997, October).  The Use of Sketch Maps in the Classroom.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education, Orlando, FL.

Thomas, P. G. (1995, October).  The Use of National Geographic Society materials in the Classroom.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education, San Antonio, TX

   

 

 Professional Papers at Regional and State Meetings

Thomas, P. G. (2002, January).  Methods for Quick Assessment in the Social Studies Classroom.  SCKESC (South Central Kansas Education Service Center) Universal Professional Development Day, Wichita, KS.

Thomas, P. G. (2000, December).  Developing International Student Exchange Programs.  Presentation at the annual convention of the Kansas Association of School Boards, Wichita, KS.

Thomas, P. G. (2000, September).  Kansas to Kazakhstan.   Presentation at the annual meeting of the Kansas Geographic Alliance, Manhattan, KS.

Thomas, P. G. (1999, September).  Picture Exploration-the Use of Overhead Pictures to Teach the Five Themes.  Presentation at the annual meeting of the Kansas Geographic Alliance, Manhattan, KS.

Thomas, P. G. & Witten, B. L. (1998, October).  A How-to Guide to Directing a Children’s Water Festival. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education, Indianapolis, IN

Thomas, P. G. & Crane, R. (1996, September).  Geography Awareness Week.   Presentation at the annual meeting of the Kansas Geographic Alliance, Manhattan, KS.

Thomas, P. G.  (1994).   Money and Mapping of Europe.   Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Kansas Council for Social Studies State Convention, Wichita, KS.


Presentations:

            Astana, Kazakhstan   (2006,  May)

                 The American university Credit Hour system for course credit.

                 Kazakh Humanitarian and Law University

            Savannah, GA (2006, January)

                 Armstrong Atlantic State University Faculty lecture series,

                 Kazakhstan: Land in the Middle

            Birmingham, AL (2005, October)

National Council for Geographic Education National Conference, Panel member-Session Title: Teaching Geography at the University Level

            Savannah, GA (2005, Sept)

                 Kazakhstan study abroad presentation to the College of Education

            Astana, Kazakhstan (2005, June)

                 Graduation speaker, College of Management

Co-presenter at the Village Teachers of English Conference, Mental Mapping and Literature

            Astana, Kazakhstan (2005, February)

The American Ph.D. Process in an American University, A five-day presentation to the representatives of 26 colleges and universities from Kazakhstan, sponsored by Kazakh Humanitarian and Law University, Astana, Kazakhstan

            Chico, Calif. (2004, July)

Celebrating Teaching Excellence Across Cultures, American Councils for International Education.  Coordinator of the alumni presentations and chairperson for the alumni panel

            Astana, Kazakhstan (2004, June)

Co-presenter at the Village Teachers of English Conference.  Methods lessons were taught to teachers of English attending the conference; Instructional Methods for Teaching United States Government and Principles of Democracy, Instructional Methods for Teaching Geography

            Astana, Kazakhstan (2003, Nov - Dec)  

Presented and chaired at a round table meeting for Teachers of English at School # 17.  The purpose of this round table meeting was to discuss and compare public school teaching in Kazakhstan and the US.

 Eurasia University, Education in the US, a presentation to faculty and students regarding how the education system works in the US.

 Academy of Law, presentation of university life in the US and how our system of university credits work.  A presentation to faculty and students.

 Kazakhstan National Ministry of Finance, presentation on the importance of the English language in international financial circles.  A presentation to faculty and students.

 Agrarian University, presentation about university life in the US and how our system of university credits work.  A presentation to faculty and students.

 Turan University, presentation about university life in the US and how our system of university credits work.  A presentation to faculty and students

 Institute of Management College, presentation about university life in the US and how our system of university credits work.  A presentation to faculty and students

 United States Embassy in Astana, presentation to students and faculty from Kazakh Russian University concerning student life at an American university.
Republic of Kazakhstan, Central Asia (2003, January)

Primary speaker at the Teachers of English Conference.  Methods lessons were taught to teachers of English attending the conference; Instructional Methods for Teaching United States Government and Principles of Democracy, Instructional Methods for Teaching the Five Themes of Geography, American Culture and American Schools.   Astana, Kazakhstan.  Village teachers of English as a second language 

            University of South Carolina (2003, July)

Celebrating Teaching Excellence Across Cultures, American Councils for International Education Fourth Annual Conference.  Alumni panel speaking on experiences traveling and teaching in Eurasian countries.

     Poster presentation. Teachers from Eurasian countries and teachers from around the United States

Boulder, CO (2003, June)

     Kazakhstan, Land in the Middle (Power point presentation).  Geography Faculty Development Alliance Workshop, University of Colorado-Boulder.  This workshop included 1st – 3rd year college and university professors from around the country to assist them in the transition from being a graduate student to a contributing member of their respective college communities        

Savannah, GA  (2003, February)

Rotary Club of Skidaway Island, Kazakhstan, Land in the Middle, Business and professional people, members of the Rotary Club   

            Republic of Kazakhstan, Central Asia (2003, January)

Primary speaker at the Teachers of English Conference.  Methods lessons were taught to teachers of English attending the conference; Instructional Methods for Teaching United States Government and Principles of Democracy, Instructional Methods for Teaching the Five Themes of Geography, Developing an International Cultural Exchange Program.   Astana, Kazakhstan.

            University of South Carolina (2002, July)

Celebrating Teaching Excellence Across Cultures, American Councils for International Education Fourth Annual Conference.  Alumni panel speaking on experiences traveling and teaching in Eurasian countries.

Poster presentation.   Colombia, South Carolina.

 

SCKESC (South Central Kansas Education Service Center) Universal Professional     Development Day, (2002, January).  Chairperson for the Social Studies Round Table,     Wichita, KS.

 

Republic of Kazakhstan, Central Asia (2002, January)

Primary speaker at the Teachers of English Conference.  Methods lessons were taught to teachers of English attending the conference; Instructional Methods for Teaching United States Government and Principles of Democracy, Instructional Methods for Teaching the Five Themes of Geography, Developing an International Cultural Exchange Program.   Astana, Kazakhstan.

Republic of Kazakhstan, Central Asia (2001, May/June)

Coordinator and leader of a student exchange program to Lyceum #9 in Astana, Kazakhstan.  As part of a program sponsored by the American Councils for International Education, Valley Center High School was selected to participate in a Secondary School Exchange program with a secondary school in Astana, Kazakhstan.  I led a group of four students and one other teacher to Kazakhstan for the purpose of improving their schools knowledge of American government, American studies and to work with their students to improve their students conversational English speaking skills.  The exchange lasted four weeks.  Astana, Kazakhstan.

 

 

Republic of Kazakhstan, Central Asia (2001, May)

Coordinated and organized a visit to Valley Center, Kansas of one teacher and ten students from Lyceum #9 in Astana, Kazakhstan.  The purpose of their visit was the second part of a Secondary School Exchange Program to America.  The goals of the program were to learn about American culture by living with host families and attending Valley Center High School, to improve their English speaking skills and to exchange our two cultures.  One of only twenty-four secondary schools chosen in the US.  The exchange lasted four weeks.  Valley Center, Kansas.

University of Delaware (2000, June)

Celebrating Teaching Excellence Across Cultures, American Councils for International Education Fourth Annual Conference.  Alumni panel speaking on experiences traveling and teaching in Russia and the former Soviet Republics.  Wilmington, Delaware.

 

Republic of Kazakhstan, Central Asia (2000, May)

Coordinator and leader of a student exchange program to Lyceum #9 in Astana, Kazakhstan.  As part of a program sponsored by the American Councils for International Education, Valley Center High School was selected to participate in a Secondary School Exchange program with a secondary school in Astana, Kazakhstan.  I led a group of nine students and one other teacher to Kazakhstan for the purpose of improving their schools knowledge of American government, American studies and to work with their students to improve their students conversational English speaking skills. One of only twenty-four secondary schools chosen in the US.   The exchange lasted four weeks.  Astana, Kazakhstan.

Kansas State University (1999, Summer)

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Course title: Geography in the K-12 Classroom.  Teaching and coordinating activities were required.  Manhattan, Kansas.

            Uzbekistan, Central Asia (1998, October)

Guest lecturer at public secondary schools in the Fergona Valley region of Uzbekistan.  The trip was sponsored by the American Councils for International Education to develop relationships between American and Uzbek teachers.  The time was spent observing classes, meeting with teachers and administrators and giving presentations about my home, school and community. 

Kansas State University (1997, April)

Assistant Director for Children’s Water Festival held in the Manhattan Mall.  Over 20 different displays concerning water and its protection were shown, many hands on.  Over 400 fourth grade students attended the festival.  Manhattan , Kansas.

Thomas, P. G.  (1998, fall)

Inservice presenter, Integration of Geography into your classroom.   Valley Center High School, Valley Center, Kansas.

Thomas, P. G. (1997 & 1998, April)

Quest speaker for Kansas State University Secondary Social Studies Methods Class.  Topic: The Use of Maps in the Classroom.  Manhattan, Kansas

 

C. Professional Organizations

                  Georgia Geographic Allaince

             Georgia Council for the Social Studies
             National Council for the Social Studies         
             National Council for Geographic Education
            Kansas Geographic Alliance