As associate dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Thomas Mote oversees the supplemental instructional budget, which funds graduate teaching and laboratory assistants and non-tenure track faculty involved in instruction. He also oversees matters related to graduate education and serves as the liaison to the Graduate School. He is the primary liaison with the division of physical and mathematical sciences, which includes the departments of chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics, physics and astronomy, and statistics. He is a member of the geography department, where he served as the department head during 2011 to 2016, and the program in atmospheric sciences, where he served as the founding director until 2011. His research interests are in the areas of climate variability and climate change represented in large-scale atmospheric circulation, particularly in the polar regions.