David Thomas

Urban and Systems Engineering (USE) 248
PO Box 870604
TEMPE
Principal Lecturer MY
Faculty
DTPHX Campus
Mailcode
0604
Principal Lecturer MY
Faculty
DTPHX Campus
Mailcode
0604
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, Dave 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 at ASU full time in 1999.

In addition to a strong interdisciplinary background in business, Dave holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology as well as a Master of Business Administration Degree in corporate finance and investments, both from the University of Southern California.  He also earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the California State Polytechnic University.  His primary areas of expertise center on key factors that affect human performance, including organizational psychology, adult learning and motivation, creative and critical thinking, project management and interdisciplinary team leadership, decision making, and problem-solving.

Dave received the President's Award for Innovation at ASU in 2016 - primarily for his work with developing OGL 375 Corporate Leadership: Starbucks - a course that any SCAP student may elect to take.  David is also well known as a "builder" of course content and curriculum across several degree programs here at ASU.  He has also developed several different kinds of study abroad opportunities for students and has spent 10 summers with ASU students in Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, the Czech Republic, and New Zealand for internship-based study abroad programs - and in the Baltics for cultural programming.

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.

Courses

Fall 2021
Course Number Course Title
IDS 201 Intellectual Fusion
OGL 220 Behavioral Dynamics in Org
OGL 520 Social Psychological Perspecti
Summer 2021
Course Number Course Title
OGL 220 Behavioral Dynamics in Org
OGL 520 Social Psychological Perspecti
Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
IDS 201 Intellectual Fusion
OGL 220 Behavioral Dynamics in Org
OGL 520 Social Psychological Perspecti
Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
IDS 201 Intellectual Fusion
OGL 220 Behavioral Dynamics in Org
OGL 520 Social Psychological Perspecti
Summer 2020
Course Number Course Title
OGL 220 Behavioral Dynamics in Org
OGL 520 Social Psychological Perspecti
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
IDS 201 Intellectual Fusion
OGL 220 Behavioral Dynamics in Org
IDS 301 Becoming Interdisciplinary
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
OGL 220 Behavioral Dynamics in Org
BIS 301 Found of Interdisc Studies
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
OGL 220 Behavioral Dynamics in Org
OGL 375 Corporate Ldrshp - Starbucks
BIS 402 Senior Seminar
OGL 481 Org Leadership Pro-Seminar I
OGL 482 Org Leadership Pro-Seminar II
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
OGL 220 Behavioral Dynamics in Org
BIS 401 Applied Interdisc Studies
BIS 402 Senior Seminar
OGL 481 Org Leadership Pro-Seminar I
OGL 482 Org Leadership Pro-Seminar II
MKT 484 Internship
BIS 484 Internship
BIS 499 Individualized Instruction
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
OGL 220 Behavioral Dynamics in Org
OGL 394 Special Topics
OGL 481 Org Leadership Pro-Seminar I
OGL 482 Org Leadership Pro-Seminar II

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.

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