Dr. Joe Thomas Ph.D.
Director, Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership
201-C Luce Hall (Mail Stop 7-J), 112 Cooper Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-5022
Dr. Joe Thomas retired as a LtCol after 24 years of enlisted and officer service in the Marine Corps. He served as Director, Gen John A. Lejeune Leadership Institute at Marine Corps University, as an instructor at Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, as a Battalion Officer at the US Naval Academy, and as the Senior Education Officer at Marine Corps Training and Education Command. In addition to his 14 years of teaching experience in the Naval Academy’s Leadership, Ethics, and Law Department, he’s taught at the University of Notre Dame, University of Maryland, George Washington University and the National Outdoor Leadership School. He has published six books on the topics of leadership and ethics, along with numerous articles, book chapters, and research reports. His most recent book is Developing Cross-Cultural Competence for Leaders: A Guide (Routledge, 2022). Dr. Thomas supported midshipman research that led to the award of Rhodes, Mitchell, and Fulbright scholarships. He’s also planned and led cultural immersion expeditions to South Africa, Tibet, Turkey, Vietnam, Morocco, Peru, Jordan, India and Mongolia. In all, he’s traveled to and worked in over 60 countries. Dr. Thomas holds masters’ degrees from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and the US Army War College as well as a PhD from George Mason University.