• Thomas joins UAB from the University of Georgia, where she is senior associate dean in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. In that role, Thomas is the division dean for the social and behavioral sciences and also manages the college’s faculty affairs functions, its diversity and its inclusion strategy and is a liaison to the faculty senate. Thomas, who began her 27-year tenure at UGA as a professor of industrial-organizational psychology and African American studies, has supervised 23 doctoral recipients and is the founding director of the Center for Research and Engagement in Diversity, a program of the Franklin College.

    “I am honored to be named the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UAB,” Thomas said. “Colleges of Arts and Sciences are the intellectual foundation of higher education. I am very much looking forward to collaborating with my brilliant colleagues in the arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and the natural sciences in creating new opportunities to serve our students and the Birmingham community through our instruction, research, discovery and creative activities. Likewise, I look forward to joining the impressive community of deans and senior campus leadership in meeting the grand challenge of the university in creating a healthier community locally and globally.”
  • Full Name

  • Kecia Thomas