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Chas Thompson, Ph.D.

Title: Clinical Assistant Professor
Program Coordinator, M.Ed. in Higher Education & Student Affairs
Department: Leadership, Learning Design, and Inquiry
College of Education
Chas Thompson, Ph.D.


Chas Thompson (he/him/his) holds a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Arkansas. His research is centered around minoritized college students’ experiences at U.S. institutions of higher education, with a particular focus on college students with minoritized sexual and gender identities. He has published works on queer students’ experiences in higher education history, college student fashion activism, and preparing higher education and student affairs professionals. Chas has served in leadership roles with several national organizations. Most recently, he served as a member of the Research and Scholarship Group through the National Association for Campus Activities. 


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Higher Education; University of Arkansas Fayetteville
  • Master of Education, Higher Education; University of Arkansas
  • Bachelor of Arts, Music, Friends University 

Course Information

Teaching experiences include diversity in higher education, research and assessment methods in higher education, history and philosophy of U.S. higher education, student development theory, teaching and learning in higher education, and several community college leadership focused higher education courses. 


Shelton, L. J., & Thompson, C. J. (2021, November). Exploring an asset based approach to undocumented Latinx college students’ cultural capital. ASHE 2021, San Juan, PR.

Shelton, L. J., Yao, C., Briscoe, K., & Thompson, C. J. (2019, November). Beyond U.S. borders: Exploring higher education and student affairs professional preparation for international contexts. ASHE 2019, Portland, OR. 

Shelton, L. J., & Thompson, C. J. (2019, March). Puerto Rican college students’ experiences in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. ACPA—College Student Educators International National Conference 2019, Boston, MA. 

Thompson, C. J., & Shelton, L. J. (2018, November). Doctoral teaching apprenticeships in higher education/student affairs graduate preparation programs. ASHE 2018, Tampa, FL.

Hevel, M.S., Mamiseishvili, K., Lee, D., & Thompson, C. J. (2018, April). Understanding LGBT faculty member’s job satisfaction at research universities. AERA 2018 National Meeting, New York City, NY. 

Selected Publications

Shelton, L. J., Yao, C., Briscoe, K., & Thompson, C. J. (2022). Beyond U.S. borders: A curricular exploration of higher education and student affairs internationalization professional preparation. College Student Affairs Journal.

Shelton, L. J. & Thompson, C. J. (2020). Fostering resilience for Puerto Rican college students in transition after Hurricane Maria. Journal of College Orientation, Transition, and Retention, 27(1), 1-29.

Hevel, M. S., & Thompson, C. J. (2022). “Aggies are not queers”: A history of Gay Student Services v. Texas A&M University, 1975-1985. In S. Crook & C. Jeffries (Eds.), Feminist and Queer Activism in Britain and the United States in the Long 1980s. SUNY Press.

Thompson, C. J. (2021). College student fashion activism. In E. Paulicelli, A. D. Adomaitis, E. Wissinger, & V. Manlow (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Fashion Studies. Routledge.           

Thompson, C. J. (2020). Student unions [activism]. In M. J. Amey & M. E. David (Eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Higher Education (5th ed.). SAGE Publications.

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