Art Thomas first began his association with the iSchool in the Spring semester of 2001, and became a member of the full-time faculty in 2009. He specializes in Project Management, IT Management and Financial Systems courses. Among others, the most important courses he has developed and taught have included:
- Managing Information Systems Projects (IST345/645)
- Complex Issues in IT Project Management (IST447/747)
- Global Financial Systems Architecture (IST303/603)
- Strategic Management of Information Resources (IST755) – Intensive 1-week version (Maymester)
Art is the Associate Dean for Career Services and Experiential Learning at the iSchool, overseeing the team responsible for preparation of all students for careers in the information sciences, including exploration of career possibilities, corporate and employer relations, engagement in experiential learning, professional certifications/badging and coaching for business and career success.
Since 2012, Art has also been Director of the iConsult Collaborative at Syracuse University, an experiential learning program where university students are engaged with client organizations in a diverse portfolio of information-related projects. A specialist in public-private projects, Art helped to bring about the Syracuse Digital Innovation Alliance in 2019, a unique collaboration among Microsoft, Syracuse City, Onondaga County and the iSchool, organized to accelerate the implementation of Smart City, and Smart Campus, technologies in Central New York.
Art is the overall Faculty Lead for the Project Management Curriculum at the iSchool, and has assisted in the editing of the course textbook by Kathy Schwalbe used in the foundation PM courses. In addition, he has participated for several years in the Project Management Institute Global Task Force on Project Management Curricula. He has written numerous portions of the Guidelines for Undergraduate Project Management Curricula and Resources, published in 2015 and 2017 by the Project Management Institute, which can be downloaded by faculty.
Prior to his current role, Art had been the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs since 2015, the Director of the Master’s Degree programs in Information Management (IM) and Telecommunications and Network Management (TNM – now Enterprise Data Systems) since 2012, and starting in 2010, the Director of the Upstate Health Research Network (UHRN), a consortium of universities coordinated through Syracuse University to recommend statistical methods for setting reference benchmarks for out-of-network health insurance reimbursements nationwide. Before 2010, Art served on the SU/J.P. Morgan Partnership Curriculum Project Team where he contributed to the development and enhancement of several courses with emphasis on large-scale, multi-tiered information systems.
Positions on the IT side of his multifaceted career have ranged from Programmer to Chief Information Officer, and on the Education side, from Trainer to Chief Learning Officer. With more than 30 years of added consulting experience in Manufacturing, Finance, Education and Government, his contracts have taken him from the USA to Europe and the Middle East, where he led two projects for the Ministry of Education in the Sultanate of Oman. As CEO of IT Consultancy Counterpoint Holdings, L.L.C., he also assisted more than 20 public school districts with strategic IT transformation throughout Central New York State. He is certified by 3M Corporation in fiber-optic network systems design and installation, and he has developed and taught beginner-level 3M-endorsed certification classes in fiber-optic data network technology.
With emphases in both Social Science and Computer Science, Art earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York College at Brockport. His Master of Education (Ed.M.) degree in Curriculum Development and Instructional Media is from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, where he also completed his Ph.D. in Research and Evaluation – Instructional Systems Design and Management. He has developed and taught numerous seminars, workshops and presentations, including semester courses at the American Institute of Banking, Niagara University and SUNY University at Buffalo.
A lifelong advocate for diversity and inclusion strategies, he is Chairman of the National Board of Directors of Gliding Stars, a charity operating across four states that provides differently-abled people of all ages recreational opportunities through lessons in adaptive ice skating.
Art and his wife Helen maintain a residence in Camillus as well as one on Helen’s family farm near Buffalo in Wyoming County, where they produce maple syrup products.