Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, Assessment, and Student Success; Associate Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1997; B.S., Birmingham-Southern College, 1992
Thom Spence is Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, Assessment, and Student Success and Associate Professor of Chemistry at Loyola University New Orleans. He has served as a faculty member at Loyola since 1999 and as Chair of the Department of Chemistry from 2006 to 2013.
As Chair and faculty member in the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences, Dr. Spence worked on a range of committees including the Standing Committee of the Common Curriculum, the Standing Council for Academic Planning, and the College Planning Team.
Dr. Spence’s area of research is in gas-phase spectroscopy and his undergraduate research group works with colleagues from the Australian Defense Force Academy developing ultra-sensitive, laser-based detection systems.
Originally from Niceville Florida, Spence earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Birmingham-Southern college in 1992, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Vanderbilt University in 1997.
Prior to joining Loyola, Thom was a postdoctoral research assistant in Prof. Dick Zare’s laboratory at Stanford University.