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Department of Educational Foundations & Literacy

Lovinger Building Room 3155
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.8641
Dr. Dawna Lisa (Buchanan) Butterfield, Chair

Dr. Matthew Thomas

Dr. Matt Thomas

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Dr. Matt Thomas Professional Bio:

My past professional experience includes teaching Jr. High and High School English/Language Arts, K-12 school administration, and coaching varsity boys basketball. I have also worked as a university research fellow, in university administration, and as a consultant in educational publishing and in school-wide content area literacy programs. My research interests include "reading maturity" and "transformational literacy" or reading, writing, and thinking that not only informs, but also transforms learners toward whole-person growth and maturity. I am also interested in the ways that online discussion boards can help facilitate increased cognitive complexity (depth of thought) and epistemological development (the lenses through which we know stuff), and I am interested in examining how utilizing online discussion boards may allow for increased cultural and intellectual capital for people who might be underprivileged or disenfranchised. In addition to these research interests, I have served in the past as the Co-Editor of the Journal of Content Area Reading, and I am working on some additional reading maturity and content area literacy projects.


  • Ph.D., Interdisciplinary, with Education as coordinating discipline and Urban Leadership and
    Policy Studies in Education as co-discipline, University of Missouri Kansas City
  • M.A., Education, Pepperdine University
  • B.A., English with California Teaching Credential, The Master's College