About Me

Thomas F. Nelson Laird 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. in mathematics from Gustavus Adolphus College (1995), an M.S. in mathematics from Michigan State University (1997), and a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Michigan (2003). His work focuses 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 directs the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement, a companion project to the National Survey of Student Engagement, and helps lead the VALUE Institute, a project aimed at the assessment of authentic student work. Author of many articles, chapters, 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.