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College of Humanities & Sciences

Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture

Dr. Clarence Thomas

Thomas, Clarence [View Image]

Associate Professor, Broadcast Journalism
(804) 827-3772

B.A., Hampton Institute
M.S., Syracuse University
Ph.D., University of Florida

Office: 2203D

Dr. Clarence W. Thomas is a tenured Associate Professor of Mass Communications in the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture.

He holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communications with a specialty in Media History from the University of Florida, an M.S. in Television/Radio from Syracuse University, and a B.A. (with honors) in Mass Media Arts from Hampton Institute (now Hampton University).

Dr. Thomas teaches, and provides criticism and commentary, in the areas of media history, media ethics and media and society.

Highlights of his work include:

  • Recipient of the VCU Presidential Award for Multicultural Enrichment (PACME) 2016 for exceptional work in the facilitation of diversity at VCU.
  • Recipient of the 2020 Trailblazer in Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Award of the College of Humanities and Sciences at VCU
  • Service as Chair of the Robertson School Diversity Committee.
  • Founding member of the MASC Diversity Committee.
  • Design, development and teaching of MASC 474 Diversity in the Media, the first media diversity course offered by the School.
  • Planning and development of the minor in Media Studies at VCU.
  • Service as the Director of Graduate Studies for ten years (1992-2002).
  • Service as the Vice President of the VCU Black Education Association (BEA).

Prior to working at VCU, he served as the Coordinator (Administrator) of the Mass Communications academic program at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). There he developed and taught the initial mass communications courses, developed a minor in mass communications, and implemented a major in mass communications (now a major and department). In addition, he founded and served as General Manager for the WSSU radio station WSNC-FM.

A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Dr. Thomas began his broadcast career at WTAR-TV (now WTKR-TV) and WHOV-FM.


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