Senior Lecturer of French

Thomas began his career in language education as a high school ELL teacher in the South Bronx. Since then, he has taught either French or English at the American College of Sofia (Bulgaria), the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the University of Washington, Middlebury College, and the University of Vermont. Thomas also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa, where he worked on agricultural and irrigation projects. He was the recipient of the Outstanding Mentor Award, presented by the UVM Department of Residential Life in 2016, and the President’s Distinguished Lecturer Award 2018-2019. A licensed EMT, Thomas is active with Shelburne Rescue and Camel’s Hump Backcountry Rescue.

Associations and Affiliations

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

TESOL International Association

Northern New England TESOL

American Association of University Professors

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT)

National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)

Thomas Dunn, in a shirt and tie, smiling broadly in and outdoor setting

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Foreign Language Pedagogy, Second Language Acquisition, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


  • B.A., French and Political Science, University of Vermont
  • M.A., Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Columbia University
  • M.A., French, University of Washington


Office Location:

Waterman 501

Office Hours:

Fall 2022: Thursdays 1:00 – 4:00 pm or by appointment