Kelli Thomas, Ph.D.

Kelli Thomas, Ph.D.

Kelli Thomas, Ph.D.

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.

Associate Dean, Teacher Education and Undergraduate Programs

Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, 2001 University of Kansas
M.S.A., Administration, 1996 Central Michigan University,
B.S.E., Elementary Education, 1990 University of Central Missouri

Contact Information


1122 West Campus Rd
343 Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101

(785) 864-9681

Research Interests

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.

Professional Service



Reviewer, Manuscript

Mathematical Thinking and Learning. (2007 - Present)

Teaching and Teacher Education. (2004 - Present)




Reviewer of Research Proposals

AERA Annual Conference. (2004 - Present)




Book Chapters


Thomas, K., PhD, Huffman, D., PhD, & Flake, M., PhD. (unpublished). Pre-service Teacher Dispositions and Responsive Pedagogical Patterns in mathematics. In Dispositions in Teacher Education: A Global Perspective



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