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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


Professor of Reading and Literacy Program Coordinator

Educational Foundations & Literacy

College of Education

Lovinger Building, Room 2133

(660) 543-8729




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. I have been a faculty member here at UCM since 2000. My research interests include content area literacy, "reading maturity," and "transformational literacy" or reading, writing, and thinking that not only informs, but also transforms learners toward whole-person growth. 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. For a more complete bio, please e-mail me.  Thanks!



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