Dr. Monica D. Thompson - University of Houston
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Dr. Monica D. Thompson

Interim Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, UH
Executive Director, University Career Services

Dr. Monica D. Thompson has 20+ years of experience in career services, human resources, and higher education.

Concurrently serving as interim assistant vice president for student affairs and executive director of University Career Services in the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services, Thompson was named to her new interim role on November 1. She oversees the division wide functions of assessment and planning, communications and marketing, emergency preparedness, and academic partnerships.

Additionally, she oversees the Urban Experience Program, coordinates the Division’s services at the University of Houston at Sugar Land and the University of Houston at Katy. She also serves on a number of campus committees including the Faculty Senate’s Undergraduate Committee, the Cougar Card Advisory Board, the SAM Policy Advisory Committee, and the Emergency Preparedness Committees.

In University Career Services, Thompson leads a team of 14 career services professionals to serve more than 47,000 students and more than 13,200 employers. Thompson set a new vision for University Career Services to become career-focused campus and developed career development curriculum for UH students beginning their freshman year.

Prior to UH, Thompson worked at the University of Texas at Austin - McCombs School of Business BBA Career Services. Thompson is a native Houstonian, a product of HISD’s Mirabeau B. Lamar High School (Business Magnet Program), and a first-generation college graduate.

Thompson earned her Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in ethical leadership from the University of St. Thomas. She also holds a Master of Science in human resources development from Texas A&M University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, management with a minor in accounting from Texas State University.

Thompson has worked in corporate, nonprofit, banking, technology as well as retail. Her areas of expertise include diversity and inclusion, organizational change, career development, career services programming, organizational learning and development, talent acquisition, management training, and human resources administration.

Thompson has moderated and served as a panelist on employment related topics, as well as addressing diversity and inclusion in recruiting. Additionally, she has published articles in Advances in Human Resources Development quarterly journal. She is a certified Mediator, Career Coach, Myers Briggs, True Colors, Spiritual Gifts and DISC facilitator, and earned a certificate in unconscious bias from the National Diversity Council. Thompson has been married for more than 20 years, and she and her husband have a daughter and son, both in college.