Isaiah J Thomas

Isaiah J Thomas, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty Member



Dr. Thomas serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Counseling Education program.  He serves full time as the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residential Education, Housing Services, and Student Conduct at Occidental College.  Dr. Thomas has worked in higher education for more than a decade and brings a deep passion and commitment to the liberal arts.  As both a first-generation college student and person of color, he is deeply committed to helping students of all backgrounds thrive in the college environment in order to make a difference in the greater world.  Dr. Thomas hales from the Twin Cities (St. Paul, Minnesota), and has lived and work across the country and abroad to support diverse and inclusive student communities.  Prior to Cal Lutheran and Occidental College, he worked at Swarthmore College, where he served as Director of Residential Communities and Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students.  He has also worked in student life at Carleton College, Penn State University, and Semester at Sea. 

Outside of Cal Lutheran, Dr. Thomas serves on the Faculty/Staff Alumni Board of Semester at Sea, and Board of Trustees for the High Mountain Institute.  Isaiah is also certified in Mental Health First Aid.


Ed.D., Higher Education Administration, Northeastern University
M.A., Counseling and Personnel Services, University of Maryland College Park
B.A., Mathematical Economics, Colorado College