Board Approves Woods as Department Head

The Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees selected Dr. Jeffrey Woods to become the head of the Arkansas Tech Department of History and Political Science on a permanent basis during its meeting on Thursday. Woods, associate professor of history at Arkansas Tech, served as interim head of the department during the 2010 spring and fall semesters. Following a nationwide search during the fall 2010 semester, Woods was recommended for the post on a permanent basis by Dr. Micheal Tarver, dean of the Arkansas Tech College of Arts and Humanities. Woods joined the Arkansas Tech faculty in 2000 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor and granted tenure in 2006, and in 2009 he received the Arkansas Tech Faculty Award of Excellence in the scholarship category. Founder and director of the Arkansas Digital History Institute, Woods has authored two books: “Richard Russell, Southern Nationalism and American Foreign Policy,” which was published in 2007; and “Black Struggle, Red Scare: Segregation and Anticommunism in the South, 1948-68,” which was published in 2004. Woods holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas (1992), a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas (1994) and a Ph.D. from Ohio University (2000).