Thomas Charles Hood, PhD

Title: Sociology Educator

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Thomas Charles Hood, Sociology Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in political justice and sociology education.

Dr. Hood attended college during a time in the United States of political divide which drew him to the field of sociology. He first earned a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University in 1960 before receiving an AM and PhD from Duke University in 1964 and 1969, respectively. In 1965, he joined the University of Tennessee as an instructor and remained at the institution until 2004, where he retired as a professor emeritus. Throughout this time, he taught and conducted research in the areas of social psychology, collective behavior, community leadership and social movements. He helped develop an emphasis in the Department on Environmental Sociology and was the head of the department from 1983 to 1991. Though retired, Dr. Hood continues to serve on master’s and doctoral committees and is an active member of the University of Tennessee Retirees Association.

In addition to his contributions to the University of Tennessee, Dr. Hood served as the Executive Officer for the Study of Social Problems from 1990 to 2009. He has also been a member of the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry. On a civic level, he has served as the leader of 4-H Clubs in Knox County. In recognition of his contributions, Dr. Hood received a Hometown Hero Award in 2015. Dr. Hood credits the educators he had in his own life as aiding in the trajectory of his career. While he had originally intended to go into farming, it was through his education that he was encouraged to give sociology a try.

In Dr. Hood’s career, and continuing into his retirement, he has contributed to numerous articles and professional journals. He recently published The Goffman Lectures with Dwight Van de Vate. He published a poetry book titled Circumstances, Conundrums and Commoners in 2017. Poetry was one of his earliest passions and it was handed down to him by his farmer, who although was a farmer, was well studied in reading and writing poetry. He is the recipient of grants from Westinghouse Co. and has received other accolades such as the Martin Marietta Award. He maintained professional affiliation with the American Sociological Society, the Southern Sociological Society, the Popular Culture Association in the South, Society for Science Study of Religion and the Christian Sociological Society.

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