Anne Thomas

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Anne Thomas

Assistant Professor of Practice

Ph.D., Educational Studies - Early Childhood Deaf Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2017
M.Ed., Special Education: Deaf and Hard of Hearing, University of Pittsburgh, 2004
B.A., Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2000

Anne Thomas began as a lecturer in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders in August 2016. She became an assistant professor of practice within the department in July 2018. Anne currently coordinates the Deaf Education program, and teaches academic courses that focus on preparing professionals to work effectively with students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Prior to joining the faculty at UNL, Anne worked as a teacher of the deaf in both Virginia and Pennsylvania, where she taught middle and elementary school students who were deaf and hard of hearing. Anne earned her master's degree in special education with a specialization in deaf and hard of hearing students from the University of Pittsburgh.

Anne completed her doctorate in early childhood deaf education at UNL in the spring of 2017. Her dissertation research focused on assessing the validity of measure that she co-authored with researchers at Boys Town National Research Hospital-Center of Childhood Deafness, which is designed to assess the early vocal development of infants and toddlers who are at risk for speech and language delays. Her primary area of interest is assessment of young and school-aged children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2017, October Boss of the Month, Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing2016, Outstanding Poster, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Spring Graduate Research and Creative Activities Poster Session2011, Featured Teacher in Northeastern Pennsylvania's Happenings Magazine (May issue)
2018-present, Assistant Professor of Practice, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2016-18, Lecturer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2015-16, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2014-16, Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2014-15, Graduate Research Assistant, Boys Town National Research Hospital - Center on Childhood Deafness2011-14, Research Project Coordinator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Center for Instructional Innovation2007-11, Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, Scranton, Pennsylvania2005-07, Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Benton Middle School, Manassas, Virginia2005, Substitute Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (K-12), Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Association of College Educators - Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACE-DHH)Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Division for Communication, Language, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DCD) and Teacher Education Division (TED)National Association of the Deaf (NAD)Hands and Voices, Nebraska Chapter