Rhonda L. Thomas is a graduate of the Professional and Technical Writing major at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Raised in the air force, Thomas spent the majority of her childhood on Blytheville Air Force Base in Mississippi County, Arkansas and considers herself a native daughter of Carroll County, Arkansas, having traced her ancestors back to its pre-territorial days.
A first generation graduate, Thomas is the recipient of the Donna Barkan Jensen Writing About Families Scholarship and the mentored Signature Experience research grant. Thomas is also the winner of the New Media and Technology Award for her online digital narrative A Man of Steady Habits: The Unsolved Murder of Lonzy Haywood Minshew, and winner of the Technical and Workplace Writing Award for her research paper, Grant Writing: An Analysis of the Genre. Thomas is a former intern at the University Writing Center and her work background includes employment in academia, law enforcement, military, county government, and the volunteer sector in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
Thomas’s future plans include publishing a memoir of her time on Blytheville Air Force Base and a book to guide researchers who are studying migration as a part of their family history research.
Thomas is a published songwriter, having won several songwriting awards, and is a member of Broadcast Music Incorporated and the Nashville Songwriters Association International; having served as a songwriting workshop coordinator for the organization while living in Wales.
A history enthusiast, Thomas is a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and several historical societies, including the Arkansas Historical Association, and the Carroll County Historical Society.
In her spare time Thomas enjoys gardening, reading, writing, and playing music with friends. An avid researcher, during the summer 2018 semester Thomas published an online digital narrative of her investigation into the unsolved murder of her grandfather. This narrative can be viewed at murderedman.wordpress.com.
1. A previous version of this professional bio was selected for use on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Signature Experience website as a sample for future applicants. See the Student bio link on the Award Guidelines: Example Materials page.