Curriculum Vitae

Education
Ph.D. (2015), Concordia University; Montreal, QC
M.A. (2010), University of Victoria; Victoria, BC
B.Mus. (2005), McGill University; Montreal, QC

Teaching Experience
Lecturer, Research Design & Methods. (2014). Memorial University; St. John’s, NL
Lecturer, Research Methods I . (2013-2014). Concordia University; Montreal, QC
Lecturer, Research Methods II. (2013-2014). Concordia University; Montreal, QC
Lecturer, Fundamental Methods of Inquiry. (2012-2013). Concordia University; Montreal, QC
Teaching Assistant, Introduction to the Philosophy of Education. (2011). Concordia University; Montreal, QC
Teaching Assistant, Learning Theories. (2011). Concordia University; Montreal, QC

Research Grant
Co-Principal Investigator. (2014-2016). Development of curricula to combat and prevent hate speech leading to violence and violent extremism: Using social media to build resilience in Canadian youth. Kanishka Project Contribution Program (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada); Value: $172,340

Research Experience
Research Assistant, Government Relations and Public Affairs. (2015). Canadian Diabetes Association; Ottawa, ON
Research Assistant, Department of Applied Human Sciences. (2014-2015). Concordia University; Montreal, QC
Research Assistant, Department of Education. (2014-2015). Concordia University; Montreal, QC
Research Assistant, School of Graduate Studies. (2012). Concordia University; Montreal, QC
Research Assistant/Project Manager, Department of Education. (2011-2012). Concordia University; Montreal, QC
Research Assistant, Association for Canadian Studies. (2011). Montreal, QC
Research Assistant, Faculty of Education. (2009-2010). University of Victoria; Victoria, BC
Research Assistant, Faculty of Graduate Studies. (2009-2010). University of Victoria; Victoria, BC

Professional Experience
Assistant Editor, Educational, Psychological, and Behavioral Considerations in Niche Online Communities. (2012-2014). IGI-Global; Hershey, PA
Assistant Editor, International Journal of Technologies in Higher Education: Special Issues, The impact of Web 2.0 technologies in Higher Education. IJTHE; Montreal, QC
Practicum Supervisor, Pre-Service Teacher Education: French Immersion. (2010). University of Victoria; Victoria, BC
Program Coordinator, Compulsory Enrichment Program. (2005-2008). Royal Vale Elementary School; Montreal, QC

Scholarships & Awards
Accelerator Award. (2014-2015). School of Graduate Studies, Concordia University; Montreal, QC
Doctoral Fellowship. (2013-2014). Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council; Canada
Graduate Fellowship. (2010-2013). Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Concordia University; Montreal, QC
New Scholars’ Award. (2013). Comparative and International Education Society; USA
Conference and Exposition Award. (2012, 2013, 2013). School of Graduate Studies, Concordia University; Montreal, QC
Travel Grant. (2011, 2012, 2013). Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Concordia University; Montreal, QC
John Crawford Award. (2011). Administration Management Society; Montreal, QC

Representative Publications

Refereed journal articles
Thomas, T.,
Alexander, K., Jackson, R., & Abrami, P.C. (2013). The differential effects of interactive versus didactic pedagogy using CAI. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 49(4), 403-436. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2190/EC.49.4.a

Waddington, D., Thomas, T., Venkatesh, V., Davidson, A-L., & Alexander, K. (2013). Education from inside the bunker: Examining the effect of Defcon, a nuclear warfare simulation game, on nuclear attitudes and critical reflection. Loading… The Journal of the Canadian Game Studies Association, 7(12), 19-58. Available at: http://journals.sfu.ca/loading/index.php/loading/article/view/130/165

Venkatesh, V., Jedwab, J., Rabah, J., Thomas, T., Varela, W., & Alexander, K. (2013). Connecting with the disconnect: Introduction to the special issue on the impact of Web 2.0 technologies on postsecondary education. International Journal of Technologies in Higher Education. Special Issue: Web 2.0 and Higher Education, 6-13. Available at: http://www.ritpu.org/spip.php?rubrique74&lang=en

Shaikh, K., Zuberi, A., Waddington, D. I., Thomas, T., & Venkatesh, V. (2011, Spring). A manifesto for technological transparency in the age of Web 2.0. Canadian Issues, 87-90.

Refereed book chapters
Venkatesh, V., Nelson, B. J., Thomas, T., Wallin, J. J., Podoshen, J. S., Jezer-Morton, K., Rabah, J., Urbaniak, K., & St. Laurent, M.-R. (in press). Exploring the language and theatricalities of online hate speech in the black metal scene: Developing theoretical and methodological intersections between the social sciences and humanities.

Thomas, T., Fournier-Sylvester, N., & Venkatesh, V. (2014). Citizen in/action: Analyzing online forums for pedagogical insight. In V. Venkatesh, J. Wallin, J. C. Castro, & J. E. Lewis (Eds.), Educational, psychological, and behavioral considerations in niche online communities (pp. 206-226). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

McGray, R., & Thomas, T. (2014). Citizenship @ the edge of two worlds: The connection between theories of citizenship and the study of niche online communities. In V. Venkatesh, J. Wallin, J. C. Castro, & J. E. Lewis (Eds.), Educational, psychological, and behavioral considerations in niche online communities (pp. 162-174). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Venkatesh, V., Shaikh, K., Thomas, T., Urbaniak, K., Gallant, T., Waddington, D. I., & Zuberi, A. (2012). Technological transparency in the age of Web 2.0: A case study of interactions in Internet-based forums. In E. Pontes et al. (Eds.), Methodologies, tools and new developments for e-learning (pp. 93-106). Vienna, Austria: InTech.

Refereed conference proceedings
Thomas, T., & McGray, R. (2015). Adult education and the challenge of online hate. Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE), Université de Montréal, Montreal, Canada. Available at: http://journals.msvu.ca/ocs/public/CASAE-2015-conference-proceedings.pdf

Refereed conference presentations
Thomas, T. (2015, December). “It’s up to them to change, not us”: The politics and practice of Canadian Multiculturalism. Upcoming paper presentation at the meeting of the Participatory Governance Initiative, Phoenix, AZ.

Fournier-Sylvester, N., & Thomas, T. (2015, December). Digital citizenship: Shifting the focus from following rules to changing them. Upcoming paper presentation at the meeting of the Participatory Governance Initiative, Phoenix, AZ.

Thomas, T., & McGray, R. (10 June, 2015). Adult education and the challenge of online hate. Paper presentation at the meeting of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education, Montreal, QC.

Thomas, T. (3 June, 2015). “Check your beliefs at the door or get out”: The challenge for citizenship education in Canada. President’s Spotlight Session paper presentation at the meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Ottawa, ON.

McGray, R., Thomas, T., Venkatesh, V., Rabah, J., Urbaniak, K., Fournier-Sylvester, N., & Das, S. (2 June, 2015). Social media, hate speech, and citizenship education in Canada. Paper presentation at the meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Ottawa, ON.

Thomas, T. (14 March, 2014). A radical vision of citizenship education. Paper presented at the meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society, Toronto, ON.

Waddington, D. I., Thomas, T., Venkatesh, V., Davidson, A-L., Alexander, K., & Gallant, T. (30 April, 2013). Education from inside the bunker: Examining the effect of a nuclear warfare simulation game on nuclear attitudes and critical reflection. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

Thomas, T. (11 March, 2013). Productive dialogue in the contact zone: Using forum-based social network sites for effective citizenship practice. Paper presented at the meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society, New Orleans, LA.

Thomas, T., Sparkes, C., Alexander, K., Jackson, R., Abrami, P. C., & Bernard, R. M. (2012, June). Blurring boundaries between teacher and learner: The case for a constructivist approach to teaching with technology in post-secondary classrooms. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Montreal, QC.

Waddington, D., Thomas, T., Venkatesh, V., Davidson, A-L., Alexander, K., & Gallant, T. (2012, May). Missiles into ploughshares? Investigating the effects of a nuclear simulation game on attitudes toward nuclear war. Paper presented at the meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Waterloo, ON.

Thomas, T., & Venkatesh, V. (2012, April). Social media and civic learning: A worldwide education revolution. Paper presented at the meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Thomas, T., Sparkes, C., Alexander, K., Jackson, R., Silva, C., Walker, T., Mandel, E., Abrami, P. A., & Bernard, R. M. (2012, April). To know is not enough: The effects of constructivist versus instructivist computer-assisted instruction on academic achievement (A meta-analysis). Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC.

Wood, D., Zhang, K., Andrew, C., Dib, K., Thomas, T., & Arshad, I. (2012, March). Through the looking glass: How will technology impact immigrant integration in the next 10-15 years? Roundtable presented at the meeting of the Metropolis Project, Toronto, ON.

Thomas, T., & Venkatesh, V. (2011, September). Digital media and immigration: Limits and possibilities. Paper presented at the meeting of the Association for Canadian Studies, Ottawa, ON.

Azouz, L., & Thomas, T. (2011, May). Preparing to know the unknown: Fine Arts students/alumni perceptions of professional development within the university undergraduate context. Paper presented at the meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Fredericton, NB.

Starr, L., & Thomas, T. (2011, May). Exploring the use of autoethnography and photo-elicitation in educational research. Paper presented at the meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Fredericton, NB.

McGregor, C., Hopper, T., Sanford, K., Lang, S., Merkel, L., & Thomas, T. (2010, June). Place based learning: Next practices in pre-service teacher education. Paper presented at the meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Montreal, QC.

Khanna, N., Merkel, L., Simpkins, S., & Thomas, T. (2010, June). Too legit: Negotiating legitimacy in education. Paper presented at the meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Montreal, QC.

Non-refereed book chapter
Venkatesh, V., Castro, J. C., Lewis, J. E., Das, S., & Thomas, T. (2014). Preface. In V. Venkatesh, J. Wallin, J. C. Castro, & J. E. Lewis (Eds.), Educational, psychological, and behavioral considerations in niche online communities (pp. xxiv-xxix). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Technical report
Bannerjee, S., Jedwab, J., Thomas, T., & Soroka, S. (2011). Cultural intelligence and identity development: Concepts, measures and relationship to Canadian Forces professional development (Technical Report 2011-02). Kingston, ON: Canadian Forces Leadership Institute and Director General Military Personnel Research and Analysis.

Invited presentations
Thomas, T.
(30 March, 2015). Backlash and politically charged discourses online. Invited presentation for the Kanishka Project Symposium “What (more) can we learn from social media and online analytics about risk and resilience?”, Ottawa, ON.

Thomas, T. (4 March, 2014). Simple & multiple regression. Invited presentation for EDUC 802: Intermediate Quantitative Methods; Concordia University, Montreal, QC.

Thomas, T.(4 November, 2013). Social media and education: Learning to network safely and productively. Invited presentation at the workshop for The Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society, Ottawa, ON.

Thomas, T. (25 October, 2013). Creating, disrupting, challenging popular representations of Muslim identities. Invited presentation at the meeting of the Association for Canadian Studies and the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association, Edmonton, AB.

Venkatesh, V., & Thomas, T. (15 March, 2013). Social media and citizenship: Paradigmatic battles and technocracy in online forums. Invited presentation at the meeting of the Metropolis Project, Ottawa, ON.

Venkatesh, V., Thomas, T., & Alexander, K.(23 January, 2012). The combined influence of playing Defcon, frequency of video game play, and gender on changes in attitudes towards nuclear war. Invited presentation at the Learning Sciences Research Seminar; McGill University, Montreal, QC.

Workshops
Create your own headline: Optimizing your academic social media presence. (1 June, 2015). Workshop for the annual meeting of the Canadian Association for the Study of Women and Education. Invited by Dr. Lisa Starr; Ottawa, ON.

Inquiring identity: Who am I, if I am never just one thing? (a métissage). (7 March, 2013). Public workshop and dialogue with 30 participants about how we, as citizens/humans/agents understand ourselves and our role(s) in the world. Invited by Susan Edey for the University of the Streets Conversation Café; Concordia University, Montreal, QC. (In collaboration with J. Butler & L. Ndejuru)

Youth & digital technologies. (7 March, 2013). Workshop with 60 undergraduate students. Invited by Dr. Patti Ranahan for AHSC 314 Adolescence: Issues and Interventions; Concordia University, Montreal, QC.

Systematic review: Data management. (13 February, 2013). Workshop with 10 doctoral students. Invited by Dr. Philip C. Abrami for EDUC 805: Advanced Learning and Cognition: Disciplinary Perspectives; Concordia University, Montreal, QC

Inquiring identity: Who am I, if I am never just one thing? (a métissage). (6 December, 2012). Public workshop and dialogue with 40 participants about how we, as citizens/humans/agents understand ourselves and our role(s) in the world. Invited by Susan Edey for the University of the Streets Conversation Café; Concordia University, Montreal, QC. (In collaboration with J. Butler & L. Ndejuru)

Youth & digital technologies. (9 November, 2012). Workshop with 60 undergraduate students. Invited by Dr. Patti Ranahan for AHSC 314 Adolescence: Issues and Interventions; Concordia University, Montreal, QC.

Introduction to Arts-Based Research: A Métissage performance and public dialogue. (5 February, 2010). Discussant for the Teaching Community-Based Research Workshop Series. Invited by Dr. Catherine Etmanski, and the University of Victoria’s Office of Community Based Research and Learning and Teaching Centre; Victoria, BC. (In collaboration with S. Simpkins, E. Merkel, & N. Khanna)

Work featured in community publications
Wisenthal, L. (11 June, 2014). How Concordia researchers are fighting online hate speech. NOW Concordia. Available at: http://www.concordia.ca/content/shared/en/news/main/stories/2014/06/11/how-concordia-researchersarefightingonlinehatespeech.html?rootnav=news/stories

Durand, C. (26 March, 2014). Why digital classrooms need to go ‘old school’. NOW Concordia. Available at: http://www.concordia.ca/cunews/main/stories/2014/03/26/why-the-digital-classroomneedstogooldschool.html

MacDonald, M. (4 December, 2013). Why students need to fail: How falling flat on your face may be a terrific way to learn. University Affairs. Available at: http://www.universityaffairs.ca/why-students-need-to-fail.aspx

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