Jamia T. Richmond
Interim Dean and Professor of Special Education
Teaching is not filling up a pail, it is lighting a fire.” –William Butler Yeats
Jamia Thomas-Richmond obtained a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Exceptional Student Education from the University of Central Florida in the spring of 2004. She has developed research interests around areas that can positively and significantly impact the quality of life of people of diverse cultural backgrounds. Consequently, her research has focused on working with culturally diverse exceptional students and their families. Others areas of interest include parental involvement in education, collaboration among teachers and families, and recruitment and retention of minority students in teacher education programs.
In 2008, Dr. Jamia Thomas-Richmond launched a business, Richmond Educational Center for Exceptional Students and Supports (R.E.C.E.S.S.), which focused on meeting the needs of exceptional students, their families, and the schools in which they are served. Currently, Dr. Richmond is the interim dean and professor of special education in the Spadoni College of Education and Social Sciences at Coastal Carolina University (CCU). Additionally, she serves as the CREATE director for CCU and the International Programs Liaison for the College of Education and Social Sciences.
Dr. Richmond has served various roles in professional organizations such as president of South Carolina Teacher Education Division (TED), president of South Carolina Association of Teacher Educators (SCATE), and president of South Carolina Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). She works with several distinguished groups here on campus: Call Me MiSTER, the CCU Teaching Fellows, Coastal Inspirational Ambassadors, and CCU CEC. She is actively engaged in the community as well, serving as board chairperson of Freedom Readers Afterschool Literacy Program and as a member of Carolina Forest Advisory Board for Horry County Schools, Silver Linings School of the Arts, and Myrtle Tree Ministries.
Summer 2016, I traveled to South Africa for my first study abroad experience with CCU.
I have three wonderful children.
I love to sing and often travel to sing at events.