Najmah Thomas, Ph.D.Najmah Thomas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Social Sciences
Grayson 202
Beaufort campus

Najmah Thomas, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at USCB. She is a full-time faculty member for the Human Services Program, which encompasses both the residential/on-campus and the Palmetto College Online degree completion programs. She is also the faculty member for African American Studies. Her research agenda includes social and economic equity with a focus on program evaluation practices, at-risk youth programs, and public policies impacting underrepresented populations to include the Gullah/Geechee community.

Dr. Thomas earned a B.A. in Public Policy at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., a Masters of Adult Education and Distance Learning from the University of Phoenix, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration, with a concentration in urban policy, at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond.

She served as Program Manager at the Crater Regional Workforce Investment Board from 2000 to 2005, then as Deputy Director from 2005 to 2007. The board works to increase employment opportunities for individuals, businesses and industry throughout the area it serves.

In 2007, she joined the Cameron Foundation as a Senior Program Officer. In 2009, she was appointed Director of Capacity Building. The Cameron Foundation is a nonprofit organization that promotes community and economic development in south central Virginia.

In 2011, she was appointed a Policy Planning Specialist for the Virginia Community College System. A year later, she was promoted to statewide Administrator of Workforce Investment Act Programs.

In August of 2014, Dr. Thomas joined the faculty at USCB in her present position.

She is an author of two articles in scholarly publications and has three manuscripts in progress. She has participated or served as the moderator at multiple conferences and workshops throughout the country.

Over the course of her career, her work has generated grants and contracts totaling more than $1.5 million.

She was named a Southeastern Council of Foundations Hull Fellow in 2009. The Southeastern Council of Foundations is one of the nation's largest regional association of grant makers. It serves more than 330 foundations and corporate giving programs in the South. She has been the keynote speaker at the Virginia Career Coach Academy and the Commencement Address speaker at Fortis College, Richmond. In February of 2013, she received the Living Legacy Award from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. She is also a 2017 Fellow with the Institute for African American Research at the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Thomas teaches the following courses:

Introduction to African American Studies (AFAM B201)
Introduction to African American Studies II (AFAM B202)
Maco-Level Human Services Interventions (HMSV B300)
Human Services Program Evaluation (HMSV B302)
Leadership and Professional Ethics (HMSV B400)
Nonprofit Management and Funding (HMSV B402)