Dr. Thompson is Dean of the Martin D. Walker School of Engineering and Director of the Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership Program. Prior to this role, he served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, dean of the School of Professional Studies, and chair of the Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice.
His academic and professional interests include leadership, generational attitudes and behaviors, strengths-based youth development, not-for-profit and organizational management, and fundraising.
A licensed social worker in the state of Indiana and an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, his service history includes pastor in Nazarene churches in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Indiana; school social worker; and executive director of a faith-based social service agency.
Dr. Thompson holds a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from The Fund Raising School, which is a program of The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. His professional writing includes articles for local newspaper columns; grants for funding; a textbook chapter on conflict management in the church; a book Conflict Management for Faith Leaders; and a chapter in the book The Heart of Holiness.
In 2007, Dr. Thompson was awarded the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award by the Nazarene Bible College. He received the Professional of the Year Award from the Southern Indiana Chamber of Commerce in 2005.