Knoxville, TN – Thomas Charles Hood is being recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Pinnacle Professional in the field of Education and Sociology as a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University Of Tennessee (UT).
As one of top fifty sociology programs in the U.S., UT emphasizes social justice as its chief theme. UT is known for researching and teaching in the areas of criminology, critical race and ethnic studies, environmental issues, and political economy and globalization. Dr. Hood taught a wide of array of undergraduate and graduate courses on collective behavior, social movements, research methods, social psychology, and environmental sociology. In addition to his role as professor, he served as executive officer of the society for the study of social problems from 1990 to 2009 and on more than one-hundred graduate committees.
An active researcher and a Michigan native, Dr. Hood recently published two books: Circumstances, Conundrums, and Commoners and The Goffman Lectures. A pillar in the sociology community, he has published many essays, such as “Competing Interests in Public Higher Education: Development of a Unified Institutional Mission” and “Collective Behavior and Social Movements”. Many of his essays have had high citations, including “Use of Volunteers for Social Psychological Experiments”. Since retirement, Dr. Hood continues to write poetry and investigate changing gender roles and changes in the practice of Christian faith in the current century.
In preparation for his career, Dr. Hood earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with high honors from Michigan State University in June of 1960. He then attended Duke University, where he received a Master of Arts (AM) in sociology in 1964 and a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in 1969. By virtue of his academic achievements, he joined Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Gamma Mu, Phi Eta Sigma, and Alpha Kappa Delta (sociology), and Alpha Zeta (agriculture) honor societies.
In recognition of honors and achievements, the Society for the Study of Social Problems honored Dr. Hood with the Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award for his funded research projects on transportation and the environment. Since 1974, UT has earned $3 million dollars in external support for his projects. Throughout the course of his career, he has received numerous other awards, including the Faculty Public Service Award from the College of Arts and Sciences and the University of Tennessee Alumni Association, Martin L. Levin Distinguished Service Award from the Southern Sociological Society, and Lee Founders Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems.
When Dr. Hood is not researching or writing, he enjoys photography, gardening, traveling to Lake Junaluska, NC, writing poetry, and spending time with his family, including Virginia Johnson, EDD, Christopher Charles Hood, Heather Kay Jones, grandchildren Rebecca A. Hood, Steven C. Hood, Christopher L. Jones, and Allison K. Jones. He has been active in his faith, serving in his church choir, as a church school teacher, and in a Christian ministry law income housing project, where he has served for thirty years.
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