Brandi Thomas has been appointed assistant professor of criminology at Davis & Elkins College. Beginning with the current semester, she instructs courses in criminology and victimology as well as a first-year seminar.
Thomas brings a background as an educator, grant writer and prevention specialist.
Most recently, she worked as professor of criminal justice and criminal justice program coordinator at Somerset Community College in Somerset, Kentucky. She also has taught criminal justice at Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky.
In addition to her career in academics, Thomas has served on the Criminal Justice Advisory Board for Cengage Publishers, and as project director and grant writer for the Champions for a Drug Free McCreary County Coalition, board coordinator and grant writer for McCreary County Local Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Board, and a prevention specialist at Adanta Regional Prevention Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
Thomas’ efforts to combat substance abuse were recognized with the Leadership Award from Operation UNITE, a non-profit corporation with a vision to prevent abuse of drugs and facilitate recovery.
Thomas is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in criminal justice at Walden University. She holds a Master of Science degree in criminal justice from Eastern Kentucky University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from Lindsey Wilson College.