Dr. David Wood is a native San Antonian who
graduated from Trinity University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics
in Physics and Mathematics. In 2000, he earned his Ph.D. in Planetary Science
from the University of Arizona, teaching high school physics at Santa Rita HS
in Tucson and developmental math classes at Pima Community College along the
way. From 2000 – 2002, Dr. Wood was Visiting Professor of Physics at New Mexico
Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM.
In 2002, Dr. Wood joined the Astronomy faculty at
San Antonio College where he quickly became involved in numerous college
leadership activities. In 2011, he assumed the role of Director of
Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness, guiding the College’s
strategic planning and effectiveness activities. In June 2013, he was selected
to become the Dean of Performance Excellence.
Dr. Wood is a longtime member of The Planetary
Society, the National Space Society, the Mathematical Society of America, and
the Texas Community College Teacher’s Association. As a graduate student, he
was a charter member of the Teaching Teams peer tutoring program at the
University of Arizona. In 2000, he became the first recipient of the Planetary
Science Department’s Graduate Teaching Excellence Award, and the only two-time
winner of the University of Arizona’s Graduate Student Teaching Award, earning
it in both 1997 and 2000.
Dr. Wood is the eldest of eight children, and he
(currently) has thirteen nieces and nephews. His greatest pleasure in life is spending
time with his large, and still expanding, family.