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Shelley Thomas

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Dr. Thomas received her B.A. from Clemson University in French Literature in 1976 and attended the Sorbonne in 1977. She received her M.A. from the University of South Carolina in French Literature in 1983 and taught at the University of Grenoble in France in 1986. She received her Ph.D. in French Literature from Purdue University in 1991 when she began teaching at MTSU.

Since joining MTSU, Dr. Thomas has chaired National Women's History Month, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Committee, and the Loan and Scholarship Committee. In addition, she has served as a member of the Undergraduate Research, Scholarships, and Creative Projects (URSCP) Task Force and coordinated study abroad and summer exchange programs to France. Currently, Dr. Thomas serves on the MTSU Fulbright
Committee and is a member of both the Graduate and Honors Faculty.

Her articles and book reviews on nineteenth-century authors appear in the Gale-Thomson Encyclopedia on Short Story Criticism, Romantic Review, L' Esprit Créateur, and Philosophy and Literature, and her current research on brain-based learning has been presented at international, national, and regional conferences.

Dr. Thomas is the founder and director of the Center for Accelerated Language Acquisition (CALA), a center for the research and application of brain-based methods of learning.  CALA has formed local and international partnerships for language classes and teacher-training with the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute, the Confucius Institute, and the Isha Foundation, a non-profit organization in southern India, and the Center provides language classes in multiple languages on a year-round basis using comprehensible input techniques.  You can read about the success of CALA students in the International Journal of Foreign Language Teaching.

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