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Dr. Clarence Thomas reflects on three decades at VCU

Aug 9, 2018

Posted in: News

By Marcus Messner, Ph.D., Associate Director (text), and Tom Kojcsich, University Relations (photo)

Journalism professor Dr. Clarence Thomas was recently interviewed by VCU News about his 28 years of teaching at the Robertson School. Asked about what he likes best about teaching at VCU, Thomas said that "I like the fact that I am teaching at my mother’s school. My mother, the late Mrs. Floretta Virginia Sears Thomas, graduated from the Saint Philip School of Nursing of the Medical College of Virginia in the 1940s. It was a segregated nursing school for black women in those days."  


Thomas, who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida and is a native of Norfolk, is the second longest serving faculty member in the Robertson School. In 2016, he received the VCU Presidential Award for Multicultural Enrichment (PACME) for his exceptional work in the facilitation of diversity at the university. Thomas chairs the Robertson School's Diversity Committee and initiated the School's Diversity in the Media course for undergraduate students. 

Asked about his inspiration as a teacher, Thomas said that "I have always been around teachers. I come from a family of many teachers. I have at least four aunts who were public school teachers and many cousins who are teachers today."

You can read the full interview on the VCU News website