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Sociologist Aaron Thompson speaks for spring Faculty Staff Institute
Division of Academic Affairs
January 8, 2013

Aaron Thompson The Division of Academic Affairs presents Dr. Aaron Thompson, the senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, a keynote speaker for the Spring Faculty Staff Institute (January 9). Thompson is also a professor of Sociology in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Eastern Kentucky University.

Thompson has a Ph.D. in Sociology in areas of Organizational Behavior/Race and Gender Relations. Thompson has researched, taught and/or consulted in areas of assessment, diversity, leadership, ethics, research methodology and social statistics, multicultural families, race and ethnic relations, student success, first-year students, retention, and organizational design. He is nationally recognized in the areas of educational attainment and academic success, leadership, diversity and cultural competence, law enforcement training, curriculum development, African American fatherhood, divorce in the Black family, and Black and White differences in marital expectations.

His latest authored or co-authored books are:
  • Infusing Diversity and Cultural Competence into Teacher Education
  • Humanity, Diversity, and the Liberal Arts: Foundation of a College Education
  • Thriving in the Community College and Beyond: Strategies for Academic Success and Personal Development
  • Diversity and the College Experience
  • Thriving in College and Beyond: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success and Personal Development
  • Focus on Success
  • Black Men and Divorce
His upcoming books are, Changing Student Culture from the Ground Up and The Sociological Outlook. He has more than 30 publications and numerous research and peer reviewed presentations. Thompson has traveled over the U.S. and internationally and has given more than 700 workshops, seminars and invited lectures in areas of leadership, strategic planning, race and gender diversity, living an unbiased life, overcoming obstacles to gain success, adult learners, creating a school environment for academic success, cultural competence, workplace interaction, organizational goal setting, building relationships, the first-year seminar, and a variety of other topics. He has been or is a consultant to educational institutions, corporations, non-profit organizations, police departments, and other governmental agencies.

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