Thomas Nelson Laird
Associate Professor and Director, Center for Postsecondary Research
Thomas F. Nelson Laird (Ph.D., 2003, University of Michigan) is an associate professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Program and Director of the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University Bloomington. Tom received a B.A. and M.S. in mathematics before shifting his academic focus to higher education. His current work concentrates on improving teaching and learning at colleges and universities, with a special emphasis on the design, delivery, and effects of curricular experiences with diversity. He is principal investigator for the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement, a companion project to the National Survey of Student Engagement. Author of dozens of articles and reports, Tom’s work has appeared in key scholarly and practitioner publications. He also consults with institutions of higher education and related organizations on topics ranging from effective assessment practices to the inclusion of diversity into the curriculum.