Thomas P. Golden is the Associate Director of the Employment and Disability Institute and coordinates and teaches in the Disability Studies program in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. As a faculty member since 1991 his teaching, research and scholarship have focused across three primary issues: social insurance policy and its relation to return to work and greater economic independence for individuals with disabilities; transition planning for secondary education students with disabilities; and organizational development and systems change with an emphasis on facilitating inclusive communities. Understanding how to best facilitate the full citizenship of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of society has been a priority of not only his personal research agenda, but the larger transdisciplinary agenda of the Employment and Disability Institute at Cornell.
Since joining faculty he has secured and managed over $50 million dollars in federal and state sponsored grants and contracts. He has more than 30 years of successful disability employment policy and practice experience leading reform and innovations focused on increasing economic self-sufficiency, informed choice and labor market participation for people with disabilities. Thomas is also a former Presidential and U.S. Senate appointment to the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel from inception in 1999 till its sunset in 2007. He is also a well-respected leader in and/or member of the National Academy on Social Insurance, the Academy for Human Resources Development, the Academy of Management, the National Council on Rehabilitation Education, the Global Applied Research Network on Employment (GLADNET), the Association for Community Rehabilitation Education, and the Association for Persons in Supported Employment.