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David Thomas

Principal Lecturer MY
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 0604
Biography

David A. Thomas (Dave) is an experienced university teacher, management consultant and business executive. His comprehensive and diverse background includes key leadership positions in the computer systems integration and software industries, and extensive experience managing people and projects, both domestically and internationally, across several industries.

As a successful entrepreneur, Thomas founded and grew several successful businesses, including Monarch Productivity Group, a corporate training and management consulting firm specializing in the development of customized results-based project management and continuous improvement training programs, and Thomas Enterprises / Marina Mobile Estates, a real estate investment and development firm which he grew to more than four million dollars in holdings. Thomas “followed his bliss” (as Joseph Campbell would say) and “retired” into teaching full time in 1999.

In addition to a strong interdisciplinary background in business, Thomas holds a doctorate in educational psychology as well as a master's of business administration degree in corporate finance and investments, both from the University of Southern California. He also earned his bachelor's degree in engineering from the California State Polytechnic University. His primary areas of expertise center on key factors that affect human performance, including adult learning and motivational theories, creative and critical thinking, project management and interdisciplinary team leadership, decision making and problem solving.

Fax
480/727-6344
Education
  • Ph.D. Educational Psychology, University of Southern California
  • M.B.A. Corporate Finance and Investments, University of Southern California
  • B.S. Engineering, California State Polytechnic University 
Research Interests

Dave's primary areas of expertise and research interests center on key factors that affect human performance, including adult learning and motivational theories, creative and critical thinking, project management and interdisciplinary team leadership, decision making, and problem solving.

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
OGL 220Behavioral Dynamics in Org
BIS 301Found of Interdisc Studies
OGL 375Corporate Ldrshp - Starbucks
OGL 481Org Leadership Pro-Seminar I
OGL 482Org Leadership Pro-Seminar II
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
OGL 220Behavioral Dynamics in Org
BIS 360Organizational Contexts
BIS 401Applied Interdisc Studies
BIS 402Senior Seminar
OGL 481Org Leadership Pro-Seminar I
OGL 482Org Leadership Pro-Seminar II
BIS 484Internship
MKT 484Internship
BIS 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
OGL 220Behavioral Dynamics in Org
OGL 375Corporate Ldrshp - Starbucks
BIS 402Senior Seminar
OGL 481Org Leadership Pro-Seminar I
OGL 482Org Leadership Pro-Seminar II
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
OGL 220Behavioral Dynamics in Org
BIS 301Found of Interdisc Studies
OGL 375Corporate Ldrshp - Starbucks
OGL 481Org Leadership Pro-Seminar I
OGL 482Org Leadership Pro-Seminar II
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
OGL 220Behavioral Dynamics in Org
BIS 401Applied Interdisc Studies
BIS 402Senior Seminar
OGL 481Org Leadership Pro-Seminar I
OGL 482Org Leadership Pro-Seminar II
MKT 484Internship
BIS 484Internship
BIS 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
OGL 220Behavioral Dynamics in Org
OGL 394Special Topics
OGL 481Org Leadership Pro-Seminar I
OGL 482Org Leadership Pro-Seminar II
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
OGL 220Behavioral Dynamics in Org
BIS 301Found of Interdisc Studies
OGL 394Special Topics
OGL 481Org Leadership Pro-Seminar I
OGL 482Org Leadership Pro-Seminar II
OGL 498Pro-Seminar
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
OGL 220Behavioral Dynamics in Org
BIS 360Organizational Contexts
BIS 401Applied Interdisc Studies
BIS 402Senior Seminar
BIS 484Internship
OGL 498Pro-Seminar
BIS 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
OGL 394Special Topics
OGL 498Pro-Seminar
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BIS 301Found of Interdisc Studies
OGL 498Pro-Seminar
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
OGL 220Behavioral Dynamics in Org
BIS 401Applied Interdisc Studies
BIS 402Senior Seminar
BIS 484Internship
OGL 498Pro-Seminar
BIS 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
OGL 220Behavioral Dynamics in Org
BIS 343Social Processes in Orgs
OGL 498Pro-Seminar
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
OGL 220Behavioral Dynamics in Org
BIS 301Found of Interdisc Studies
OGL 498Pro-Seminar
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
OGL 220Behavioral Dynamics in Org
BIS 343Social Processes in Orgs
BIS 401Applied Interdisc Studies
BIS 402Senior Seminar
SGS 484Internship
BIS 484Internship
SGS 499Individualized Instruction
BIS 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
OGL 220Behavioral Dynamics in Org
BIS 301Found of Interdisc Studies
BIS 343Social Processes in Orgs
BIS 402Senior Seminar
Honors / Awards

ASU President's Award for Innovation (for work associated with the Starbucks College Achievement Program)

Co-Curricular Programs (Arizona State University)  Faculty Fellow

Wakonse (Arizona Chapter) Faculty Fellow

Industry Positions

David A. Thomas (Dave) is an experienced university teacher, management consultant, and business executive.  His comprehensive and diverse background includes key leadership positions in the computer systems integration and software industries, and extensive experience managing people and projects, both domestically and internationally, across several industries.

As a successful entrepreneur, David founded and grew several successful businesses, including Monarch Productivity Group, a corporate training and management consulting firm specializing in the development of customized results-based project management and continuous improvement training programs, and Thomas Enterprises / Marina Mobile Estates, a real estate investment and development firm which he grew to over four million dollars in holdings.  Dave “followed his bliss” (as Joseph Campbell would say) and “retired” into teaching full time in 1999.