Thomas Nelson began his professional career as a television news reporter at various small to medium televsion markets across the United States. He also worked as a free lance television news reporter for a time during the early to mid 1990s while he was lving in Germany. Tom's primary job during his half-decade in Germany was as a professor for the University of Maryland's European branch where he taught mostly American and British military service people. Tom arrived at Elon in 1996 growing along with the communications deaprtment into the School of Communications and with the college into Elon University.
Thomas Nelson is a graduate of Boston College where he studied history under a BA program and Syracuse University where he studied Radio/Television and Film under a MS program.
Thomas Nelson teaches across the unversity as a GST professor and of course within the School of Communications as a speech, writing and visual communication educator.
Most recently Thomas Nelson received a spot in the Kansas City International Film Festival for a documentary focused on German military prisoners of war held in a Kansas POW camp during World war Two.