Kimberly Thomas has been selected to become an English Language (EL) Fellow as part of the English Language Fellow Program at Georgetown University, a program that is funded by the U.S. State Department and administered through the Center for Intercultural Education and Development at Georgetown.
The funded project for which she will be an EL Fellow is in Malawi, where she will work at Mzuzu University as an instructor and teacher trainer focusing on English for writing and speaking. She will also deal with methodological issues related to student outcomes and academic assessment. Part of her professional duties includes the preparation of future Malawian secondary school teachers and the mentoring of future teacher-trainers. The funded project in Malawi runs from January to October 2009.
A doctoral candidate in Composition and TESOL at IUP, Thomas is working to complete her dissertation which deals with the professional identity development of minorities in higher education. In addition to being a teaching associate in the Department of English, she has also worked as an instructor and reading coordinator at the American Language Institute. In Spring 2007, she received the prestigious Scholars for the Dream Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication and the National Council of Teachers of English.