Jerry R. Thomas

Position/Job Title: 
Dean of the College of Education, Professor, Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation
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Matthews Hall 214-H
Phone: 
940-565-2233
Email: 
Jerry.Thomas@unt.edu
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Dr. Jerry R. Thomas is Professor and Dean of the College of Education at the University of North Texas. Previously he was Professor and held administrative positions at Iowa State University, Arizona State University and Louisiana State University. His research in motor development has focused on cognitive factors, expertise, and gender differences in children’s motor skill. He has authored over 200 research and professional publications, books, and book chapters. His best selling graduate textbook, Research Methods in Physical Activity, is currently in its 5th edition, is widely used in the U.S., and has been translated into six other languages. He has presented over 200 papers to conferences and universities in the U.S. and numerous other countries. He has been visiting scholar twice at institutions in Australia and Korea, as well as in China, Thailand, and Hong Kong. He has served as the C.H. McCloy Lecturer and Alliance Scholar, as well as presenting numerous named lectures. He was Editor-in-Chief of Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport from 1983-88 and subsequently served on the Editorial Board for 4 years. He received the AAHPERD Honor Award in 1989-90. He was elected Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education in 1984 and served as President in 1991-92. He has served as President of the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity and was presented with its Distinguished Scholar Award in 2003. He served as President of the Research Consortium of AAHPER and received its Distinguished Service Award in 2005. He is currently the first President of the new organization for colleges and universities called the American Kinesiology Association.


Published
Motor behavior.  In S. J. Hoffman (Ed.), Introduction to kinesiology (3rd ed.)(pp.209-235).
Thomas, K.T.
Human Kinetics

Accepted/In-press
Developmental and biomechanical characteristics of motor skill learning.  In Y. Hong (Ed.), Handbook of biomechanics and human movement sciences.
Yan, J.H., & Abernethy, B.
Routledge Press 

Published
Physical Education Methods for Elementary Teachers (3nd ed.).
Graphics Package
Instructors Guide
CD with Lesson Plans
Nelson, J.K., & Silverman, S.
Human Kinetics

Published
Measuring growth and development. In G. Payne & G. Laing (Eds.), Introduction to human motor development (pp. 446-472). (1st motor development book to be published in China).
Thomas, K.T., & Yan, J.H.
Beijing, China 

Published
Principles of motor development for elementary school physical education.
Thomas, K.T.
Elementary School Journal