Michael Gene Thomas Jr.
College of Family and Consumer Sciences
Dr. Michael G. Thomas Jr. is passionate about advancing the behavioral, emotional, and psyhcological aspects of financial services.
|Degree||Field of Study||Institution||Graduation|
|Ph.D.||Financial Planning||University of Georgia||2019|
|Bachelor of Science||Accountancy||LaGrange College||2005|
My research interest involve the follwoing:
-Social captial's impact on financial well-being.
-Understanding how empathy and compassion play a role in financial well-being
-Unpacking data visualizations impact on financial choice
- Intro to Pesonal Finance (FHCE 3200)
- Wealth Management (FHCE 4200 / 6200)
- Learning How to Teach at the Collegiate Level (GRSC 7770 E)
|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|
|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 took a lead role in planning, creating, and executing on the curriculum for the first ever Money Dawgs program. Money Dawgs is a financial literacy summer camp for youth. It was desgined using a pedagocial approach that incorporated gamification, behavioral finance, experiential learning, and systems thinking in a kid friendly way. The integration of these elements were among the first of its kind when created. I took a lead role in creating Discovering Money Solutions (DMS). DMS is a three week financial capabiluity course for adults. It was designed utilizing androgical methods to create an inclusive space of learning that empowers its participants to be a a part of the identifying financial barriers and potential solutions. My outreach efforts also extend to several local non-profit organizations like the Athens-Clarke County Diversion Center, the Sparrows Nest, Athens Land Trust, and The Ark.
I am currently teaching three sections of FHCE 3200: Introduction to Personal Finance
I help students understand the technical and behavioral factors that lead to a lifetime of financial wellness for the clients they will serve and in their personal lives. Currently, I serve as an instructor for Wealth Management, Intro to Personal Finance, and a course on How to be an Effective Educator at the Collegiate level.
Moreover, I work closely with the financial planning alumni association to provide mentorship opportunities to financial planning students. I also serve as the faculty advisor for the student financial planning association.