Kelli Ruth Thomas, Ph.D

Associate Professor
Primary office:
785-864-9681
343 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Dr. Kelli Thomas is Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Kansas, Department of Curriculum and Teaching. Dr. Thomas’ professional work has focused on mathematics and science teaching, learning, and assessment in schools for more than 20 years. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Kansas, Thomas was on faculty at the University of Central Missouri. She began her career in education teaching in public school settings including the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) in Germany.

Teaching

mathematics education; elementary mathematics methods; mathematics instruction; mathematics curriculum

Research

Her research investigates issues related to assessment and evaluation, mathematics and science education in schools, mathematics teacher development, and students’ mathematical reasoning as they solve problems. Thomas currently serves as the Mathematics Learning Map Team Leader for the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment Project through the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas.

Thomas has published results of her collaborative research in various journals such as the Journal of Educational Research, School Science and Mathematics, Action in Teacher Education, Teaching Children Mathematics, and the American Journal of Evaluation. She has presented sessions at international, national, and regional conferences in the fields of mathematics education, assessment and evaluation, and educational research.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction - Mathematics Emphasis, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 2001
  • M.S.A., Administration, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, 1996
  • B.S.E., Elementary Education (minor: Mathematics), Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, Missouri, 1990

Specializations

Elementary Mathematics Education

Dr. Mary Lynn Hamilton will present Obligations to Unseen Children: Finding Compassion, Presence, and Imagination in Teaching and Teacher Education for the Budig Lecture Series on November 20, 2014 in 150 Joseph R. Pearson. Dr. Hamilton is the recipient of the Gene A. Budig Teaching Professorship for 2014-2015.



Why KU
  • Associate professor Diane Nielsen involved in $120 million project to overhaul how reading is taught to children by 2015
  • School of Education is 10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • 3.35: average GPA of students admitted to teacher education program
  • All teacher education programs accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • All teacher education programs accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education
  • Alumni have been named Kansas Teacher of the Year
  • Alumni have received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the Horizon Award