Thomas Vincent Flores
Assistant Professor of Positive Human Development and Social Change, Life University
Thomas “Tom” V. Flores holds a PhD from Emory University in Religious Studies, with a concentration in Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding. He was heavily involved with the formation of their Initiative in Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding and served as its first Post-doctoral Fellow, then, Visiting Professor of Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation Practices. At Life University in Marietta, Georgia, he is now serving as Assistant Professor of Positive Human Development and Social Change, where he co-conceived and co-developed, along with Dr. Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, a new Bachelor of Arts degree in Positive Human Development and Social Change (PHDSC). He is both the Program Director for the new degree, as well as Director of its Concentration in “Peace Studies and Sustainable Human Flourishing,” (one of five concentration areas of the PHDSC degree). He teaches extensively both within the general degree and within the Peace Studies Concentration. He also co-developed the Associate of Arts degree in Positive Human Development and Social Change, offered at the Lee Arrendale State Women’s Prison in North Georgia, one of only two Associate of Arts degrees offered in the Southeast. He also continues to teach adjunct courses in World Religions at Georgia Gwinnett College, in Lawrenceville, Georgia.