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Christine D. Thomas

Associate Professor    Mathematics Education    

Ph.D. in Mathematics Education,Georgia State University, 1993
Ed.S. in Mathematics Education,Georgia State University, 1987
M.Ed. in Mathematics Education,Georgia State University,1984 Mathematics,Valdosta State College, 1979


Christine D. Thomas is an associate professor for the College of Education & Human Development’s Department of Middle and Secondary Education.

Thomas’ research focus, high quality secondary mathematics teachers, is grounded in the preparation, enhancement, and retention of effective teachers of mathematics for urban high need schools. As principal investigator of the Robert Noyce Urban Mathematics Educator Program (UMEP), her work in mathematics teacher education and research is supported by the National Science Foundation.

The UMEP is known and touted for its success with respect to the retention of secondary mathematics teachers in urban high need schools. The results of the ongoing success of this project led to Thomas receiving Phase II funding from the NSF for the continuation of the UMEP’s monitoring, evaluation, and research. Thomas has also received funding for Teacher Quality Projects and the Mathematics and Science Partnership projects for professional development of secondary mathematics teachers.

Thomas served the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics as a member of the Board of Directors and as a member of the editorial panel for the Mathematics Teacher journal. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is recognized as the global leader and foremost authority in mathematics education. She is also a past co-chair of the steering committee of the North American Chapter of the International Group of the Psychology of Mathematics Education.

Thomas is an associate editor for the Journal of Urban Mathematics Education and is a member of the Content Technical Working Group in Mathematics for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.


Thomas, C.D. & Gitonga, I. (October 2012). Mathematics in the London Eye, Mathematics Teacher, 106 (3), 172-177.

Faughn A., Pence, B., & Thomas C. D. (2010) Supporting teachers to increase retention, In P. Brosnan, Erchick, D., & Flevares, L. (Eds.). Proceedings of the Thirty Second Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Columbus, Ohio.

Fournillier, J., Thomas, C.D. , Junor Clarke, P. A., & Vidakovic, D. (April, 2011). Second Life: A platform for professional development and research on mathematics teacher retention in an urban environment. Journal of the European Teacher Education Network, 6 (1), 127-143.

Thomas, C.D. & Williams, D. (2008). An analysis of teacher defined mathematical tasks: Engaging urban learners in performance-based instruction. Journal of Urban, Learning, Teaching, and Research, 4, 109-121.

Thomas, C. D., & Santiago, C. A. (2006). Meaningful mathematics for urban learners. In J.O. Masingila (Ed), Teachers engaged in research: Inquiry into mathematics classrooms grades 6-8 (pp. 147-169). Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.