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 PhD 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 (SACS) 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 Fullbright
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, Romanic Review, L' Esprit Créateur, and Philosophy and Literature. Her current research on brain-based learning has been presented at international, national, and regional conferences. She 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. Partnerships for language classes and teacher-training have been formed both locally and internationally between CALA and the Department of Social Services, The Confucius Institute, The Tennessee Foreign Language Institute, and the Isha Foundation, a non-profit organization in southern India.