Jerry Thomas receives honorary Doctor of Science degree from Furman University

President of Furman Elizabeth Davis(left)

President of Furman Elisabeth Davis(left),
Dean Jerry Thomas(right)

Jerry Thomas, Dean of UNT's College of Education, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from his alma mater, Furman University.

Thomas received the honor Tuesday, April 14 during a special ceremony on campus. He also delivered an address, "The Value of Undergraduate Research."

The address and honorary degree presentation were part of the university's "Engaged!" celebration, an annual event where Furman students share the details of their research projects and internships.

Thomas has enjoyed a distinguished career in higher education as a teacher, researcher and administrator. He is one of the world's leading scholars in the field of motor development and motor learning, and has published his findings in more than 200 research and professional publications. His best-selling graduate textbook, Research Methods in Physical Activity, is widely used in the U.S. and has been translated into six other languages.

In addition to holding teaching positions at Iowa State, Arizona State, Louisiana State and Florida State universities, Thomas has been a visiting scholar at institutions in Australia, Korea, China, Thailand and Hong Kong. He has served as the C.H. McCloy Lecturer at the 1999 SHAPE American National Convention and Exposition, and has presented numerous named lectures.

Thomas has been editor-in-chief of Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. He has served as President of the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, and he is currently the first President of the American Kinesiology Association.


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News release prepared by Vince Moore, Furman University News and Media Relations

Edited by Jessie Laljer, UNT's College of Education Development and External Relations Office

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