I am Dean of the College of Education and Social Services (CESS) at the University of Vermont. Prior to joining UVM, I was a professor at Claremont Graduate University (CGU) and Dean of the School of Educational Studies at CGU. My research interests include higher education policy, science and technology, and the stratification of postsecondary opportunity in the United States and abroad. In addition to my research in these substantive areas, I have a related line of interests and work focusing on methodological issues. Topics of interest include multilevel statistical modeling, social network analysis, and spatial analytics. I am the editor in chief at The Journal of Higher Education, the oldest and most distinguished journal in the field of higher education, and I co-edit the book series International Studies in Higher Education (now 24 volumes).


Heck, R. H., & Thomas, S. L. (2015). An introduction to multilevel modeling techniques: MLM and SEM approaches using Mplus. Routledge.  [abstract]

Heck, R. H., Thomas, S. L., & Tabata, L. N. (2013). Multilevel and longitudinal modeling with IBM SPSS. Routledge.  [abstract]

Heck, R. H., Thomas, S., & Tabata, L. (2013). Multilevel modeling of categorical outcomes using IBM SPSS. Routledge Academic.  [abstract]

Scott Thomas

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Higher education policy
  • Multilevel statistical modeling
  • Science and technology
  • Social network analysis
  • Spatial analytics
  • Stratification of postsecondary opportunity in the United States and abroad


  • 802-656-3424
Office Location:

Waterman 309