Dr. John Wood is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. He earned his Doctorate in Environmental Policy and Conflict Management from Oklahoma State University in January 2007. He has a master’s degree in political science and a baccalaureate degree in journalism from OSU as well. He formerly served as Faculty Senate President. He also serves as faculty advisor for the Rose State’s Vocal Oklahomans in Civic Engagement (VOICE), Veteran’s Club, and the Go Green Club.
Other professional achievements include: the Oklahoma Political Science Professor of the Year Award in 2007 for community colleges from the Oklahoma Political Science Association (OPSA) and the NISOD award for teaching excellence in 2008-2009. Professor Wood’s book Taking Sides: Controversial Issues in State & Local Government published in 2010. His peer-reviewed work includes topics such as social movement studies, civic engagement, environmental policy, conflict management, ethics and good government.
Dr. Wood also sits on the Guthrie City Council, representing Ward I. With the Guthrie Transportation Authority, he co-founded the First Capitol Neighborhood Solutions. He is also a Gulf War vet with the USMC.