Dr. Thomas, Professor of Psychology, is a scholar of industrial and organizational psychology. Formerly an undergraduate at Bucknell University, she earned the Ph.D. at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include the recruitment of non-traditional professionals to corporate organizations, impact of preferential treatment on beneficiaries, and influence of perceptions of procedural justice.
Books Authored or Co-authored
Thomas, K.M. (under contract). Diversity Dynamics: An Interdisciplinary Examination of Human Diversity in the Workplace. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace.
Chapters in Books
Button, S.B., & Thomas, K.M. (1997). "Subordinate Homophobia." In R. Golembiewski, J. Stevenson, & M. White (Eds.). Cases in Public Management, 163-166. Itasca, IL: F.E. Peacock.
Thomas, K.M. & Button, S.B. (1997). "Mixed Effects of a Demonstration Project." In R. Golembiewski, J. Stevenson, & M. White (Eds.). Cases in Public Management, 129-138. Itasca, IL: F.E. Peacock.
Dean, K., Thomas, K.M., Holliday-Wayne, J., & Mack, D. (in press). "An Examination of Happiness, Racism, and Demographics on Judgements of Guilt." Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
Perkins, L.A, Thomas, K.M., & Ayala, G (2000). "Advertising and Recruitment: Marketing to Minorities." Psychology and Marketing. [Special Issue Emerging Topics in Marketing], 17(3), 1-21.
Proudford, K.L., & Thomas, K.M. (1999). "Organizational Outsiders Within." Journal of Career Development, 26(1) [Special issue: Organizational Outsiders Within, edited by Kecia M. Thomas and Karen L. Proudford], 3-6.
Proudford, K.L., & Thomas, K.M. (1999). "Black Women as Outsiders Within: A New Set of Challenges." The Diversity Factor, 7(3), 22-27.
Thomas, K.M., Mack, D.A., Williams, K.L., & Perkins, L.A. (1999). "Career Development Strategies and Experiences of 'Outsiders Within' in Academe." Journal of Career Development, 26(1) [Special issue: Organizational Outsiders Within, edited by Kecia M. Thomas and Karen L. Proudford], 51-68.
Thomas, K.M., Proudford, K.L., & Cader, J. (1999). "Global Outsiders Within: Informal Roles of Women of Colour." International Review of Women and Leadership, 5(2), 14-25.
Thomas, K.M., & Wise, P.G. (1999). "Organizational Attractiveness and Individual Differences: Are Diverse Applicants Attracted by Different Factors?" Journal of Business & Psychology, 13(3), 375-390.
Thomas, K.M. (1998). "Psychological Readiness for Multicultural Leadership." Management Development Forum, 1(2), 99-112.
Thomas, K.M., Phillips, L.D., & Brown, S. (1998). "Redefining Race in the Workplace: Insights from Ethnic Identity Theory." Journal of Black Psychology, 24 (1), 76-92.
Thomas, K.M. (1996). "Psychological Privilege and Ethnocentrism as Barriers to Cross-Cultural Adjustment and Effective Intercultural Interactions." Leadership Quarterly: An International Journal of Political, Social and Behavioral Science, 7 [Special Issue: Leadership and Diversity], 217-230.
Thomas, K.M. & Mathieu, J.E. (1994). "The Role of Causal Attributions in Dynamic Self-Regulation and Goal Processes." Journal of Applied Psychology, 79, 812-818.
Thomas, K. M. (1999). "A Formative Assessment of the Multicultural Initiative." College of Education, University of Georgia for $15,000. Dates: June 1999-June 2000.
Thomas, K.M. (1999). "Cross-Regional Study of Diversity Resistance." Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, University of Georgia for $2,500. [Grant awarded as part of the M.G. Michael Award]. Dates: April 1999-June 2000
Thomas, K.M. & Eby, L. (1997). "Evaluation of the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities at the University of Georgia." Supplemental grant from the Fund to Improve Post-Secondary Education for $12,000. Dates: September 1997-May 2000.
Thomas, K.M. (1996). "Ethnocentrism as a Barrier to Intercultural Success." Institute for Behavioral Research, University of Georgia for $3000. [Grant awarded as part of the IBR Mentoring Program]. Dates: Sept. 1996-June 1997.
Thomas, K.M. (1994). "The Role of Qualitative Research in Industrial/Organizational Psychology." Office of Instructional Support and Development, University of Georgia for $3000 [grant awarded as part of the Lilly Teaching Fellowship]. Dates: Sept. 1994-June 1995.
Recognitions and Outstanding Achievements
1999. Invited to deliver a colloquium to the Psychology department at the University of West Florida during the spring of 2000.
1999. Invited to serve in the Southeastern Psychology Association's (SEPA) Visiting Scholars program. Visiting Scholars are outstanding female and/or minority Psychology faculty working at southeastern universities. Colleges and universities throughout the Southeast are encouraged by SEPA to invite these scholars to deliver guest lectures at their institutions in order to promote the diversity of Psychology faculty and research conducted across the region.
1999. Elected executive board member, Gender and Diversity in Organizations research division of the Academy of Management. Elected for a three-year term beginning Fall 1999.
1999. M.G. Michael Award for Excellence in Research, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, University of Georgia
1998. Award for "Session Having the Most Far Reaching Impact" presented by Gender and Diversity in Organizations research division of the Academy of Management for a symposium chaired in 1996.
1998. Citation of Excellence in Research, ANBAR Management Intelligence, for 1996 Leadership Quarterly article.
1996. Best Paper Award ($3000) presented to Kim Williams (student supervised by K. Thomas) and Kecia Thomas for paper on minority work stress presented at the 1996 meeting of the National Black MBA Association