Bluestein, Thomas

Research Graduate Assistant

Responsibilities

Thomas is a Graduate Assistant in the Engineering Dean’s Office.  He works with the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies and Director of Graduate Programs and Assessment.  His primary responsibilities involve graduate student recruitment, working with the New Horizons Graduate Scholars, and advising the Graduate Peer Mentoring group in the College of Engineering’s graduate program.

Education

Thomas received his Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in History from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 2009.  After graduating from JMU, he enrolled at the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) in Concord, New Hampshire, where he received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) in 2012.  He is currently a PhD student at Virginia Tech in the School of Education’s Higher Education program. 

Background

After graduating from UNH Law in 2012, Thomas successfully sat for the Bar Examination in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and was admitted to the bar in October, 2012.  He actively practiced law in the Philadelphia area for approximately two years, focusing primarily on Family Law and minor civil litigation.  While an attorney in Pennsylvania, Thomas performed pro bono work with Philadelphia VIP, and Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania to serve under-represented clients in various legal proceedings. 

Upon a move to Texas for a family job relocation, Thomas began teaching US History at an Early College Center high school in Victoria, Texas. In addition to his teaching in high school, he was employed as an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Victoria College whereupon he developed a passion for higher education administration and teaching at the higher education level.

Thomas Bluestein
  • bluesttm@vt.edu
  • 3008 Torgersen Hall (0217)
    620 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061
    United States