Professor Thomas teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in the areas of business ethics, social responsibility, and sustainability. His current research focuses on the connection between personal values and pro-environmental behaviors and decision-making. He became Chair of the Management Department in the fall of 2015, and has focused on improving quality of instruction and access to classes ever since.
Before coming to San Francisco State University, he spent five years as a consultant in local economic development, market research, and PR strategy for high-tech companies. He began his academic career as an assistant professor in the University of Washington's School of Business Administration, where he spent eight years teaching courses in business, government, and society. While there, he conducted research primarily in business political strategy and corporate environmental management, and co-founded the first M.B.A. Environmental Managment program in the U.S.
- B.A. Social Science Analysis in (1976), University of Florida
- M.P.P. in Public Policy Studies (1979), University of Michigan
- M.B.A. (1985), University of California, Berkeley
- Ph.D. in Business and Public Policy (1989), University of California, Berkeley