Dr. John Wood

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John R. Wood is an associate professor of political science. He teaches in the MPA program at UCO. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Policy & Conflict Management.

His areas of expertise include: Conflict management, environmental policy, public administration, American government, state and local government, nonprofit management, ethics in government, municipal management, grant writing, urban politics, and urban sustainability.

In 2016, he won the New Faculty of the Year Award in Liberal Arts. In 2017, we also won the Liberal Arts Service Award.

Before coming to UCO, in the fall of 2014, Dr. Wood taught at Rose State College for 9 years. Dr. Wood was honored with Rose State’s top teaching award, “Excellence in Teaching,” in 2014. Other teaching Dr. Wood has received include: the NISOD Teaching Excellence in 2009; Oklahoma Political Science Teacher of the year award in 2007; and two Harold Sare Graduate Teaching Awards in 2002 and 2003 at Oklahoma State University.

Wood also has also gained two grants for STLR projects. One is the Generation Citizen sends Democracy Coaches, connecting our UCO students to high schools in the Metro to teach civics. A second is employing students to write a paper with me on human nature in public administration. 

In addition to his teaching, Dr. Wood has published an edited volume Taking Sides: Clashing Views in State & Local Government, as well as articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as Oklahoma Politics, Journal on Policy and Complex Systems, Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, Civitas: The Journal of Citizenship Studies, New Political Science: A Journal of Politics & Culture, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, International Journal of Public Administration, Journal of Political Science Education, and Oklahoma Policies Studies Review. He has also published encyclopedia entries for Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics and Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste: The Social Science of Garbage.

Dr. Wood is an active citizen of the university community, serving on the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) board at UCO as president-elect, President of the Oklahoma Conference of AAUP, and former president and former conference chair of the Oklahoma Political Science Association (OPSA), as well as serving on the assessment and core curriculum committee. He also serves as the City Management of Oklahoma (CMAO) liaison for UCO’s MPA program. In addition, he serves on the International City Management Association (ICMA) Sustainable Communities Committee. He also obtained a City Municipal Officer designation by the Oklahoma Municipal League (OML).

Dr. Wood is the former vice mayor for Guthrie, Oklahoma, serving 8 years on council. He also served on Guthrie’s Finance Committee chair. On the state level, he served as a board member of Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) and as the vice chair of the Garber-Wellington Committee. A few years earlier, he also chaired the Guthrie Streets Committee and was a member of the Guthrie Transportation Authority and Park Board.

Beyond Guthrie City council, Dr. Wood formerly served as the Guthrie Noon Lions President, and he co-founded the First Capitol Neighborhood Solutions. He additionally served on the Oklahoma Common Cause board for more than 7 years.

Dr. Wood has written for various newspapers from the Daily O’Collegian, Stillwater News Press, The Daily Cannoneer, and the Pekin Daily-Times. 

He also has B.S. in Journalism from OSU in 1994.

Dr. Wood is also a Gulf War vet with the USMC, having served for 8 years from private to ending his service at the rank of Lt.

Current and Upcoming Courses at UCO

  • American National Government
  • State and Local Government
  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Public Executive Leadership
  • Urban Sustainability
  • Municipal Management
  • Grant Writing for Public Administrators

Courses Taught at Other Universities

  • American Federal Government
  • State and Local Government
  • Introduction to Public Policy
  • Environmental Public Policy
  • Campaigns & Elections
  • Mass Media & Politics
  • Comparative Politics