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Michael Gene Thomas

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics



Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Financial Planning University of Georgia 2019
Bachelor of Science Accountancy LaGrange College 2005


My research interest involves understanding what factors influence financial well-being across socio-economic status and how to optimize those factors through evidenced-based interventions or therapeutic methods.


I teach all sections of the Intro to Personal Finance course.


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award UGA Center for Teaching and Learning 2019
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award UGA Financial Planning Program 2019
Outstanding Alumni Award LaGrange College Business Department 2019
AFCPE Outstanding Financial Information Award Association for Financial Counseling, Planning and Education (AFCPE) 2018
GABBY Merit Award for Best Local Program - Nothing Funny About Money Radio Show Georgia Association for Broadcasters 2018


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
Circles of Troup County Circles Ally 2013-2014 Provided One-on-One Financial Client to Participants


I have a diverse background in community outreach. I co-created Money Dawgs and Discovering Money Solutions. Money Dawgs is a financial literacy summer camp for youth. Discovering Money Solutions is a 3-week financial capability program for adults. I have also served as a financial counselor at the UGA Aspire clinic and provided tax services for VITA (Voluntary Income Tax Assistance). My outreach efforts have also lead to joint efforts with the Athens-Clarke County Diversion Center and homeownership prorgram through the Athens Land Trust. 

Current Classes

I am currently teaching three sections of FHCE 3200: Introduction to Personal Finance

Current Research

I teach all sections of the Intro to Personal Finance course.

Job Description

I help individuals understand the technical and behavioral factors that lead to a lifetime of financial wellness.

Faculty Advisor for the Student Financial Planning Association. 

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