Tom Leathem

JE Wilborn Endowed Chair and Associate Professor

Tom Leathem

McWhorter School of Building Science

Bachelor of Science in Building Construction, Master of Building Construction, Doctor of Philosophy in Building Science

328 M. Miller Gorrie Center Phone: (334) 844-5378


Ph.D. in Curriculum and Assessment, Mississippi State University
Master of Design-Build, Auburn University
B.S. in Construction Management, Western Illinois University

Tom Leathem is an assistant professor in the McWhorter School of Building Science teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in construction documents, project delivery, pre-construction services, planning, and procurement. Dr. Leathem has 11 years of industry experience in construction management within the commercial/industrial sector of the Chicago building market and five years as an assistant professor in the Building Construction Science program at Mississippi State University. Dr. Leathem is the Director of the Associated Schools of Construction – Region 2, participates in the American Council for Construction Education, and is actively involved in university/industry relations, student competitions and associations, curriculum development & assessment for construction education, and innovation in construction education. His main areas of research are construction education and assessment, project delivery, collaborative education in the built environment, and innovation in construction education.

Interest areas in research and practice:
Construction Education and Assessment
Project Delivery
Collaborative Education in the Built Environment
Innovation in Construction Education

National leadership positions:
Regional Director - Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 2