William Wood - 2019


Academic Unit Head, Economics; Director, Center for Economic Education
Year Started at JMU: 1989
Contact Info
Website: http://cob.jmu.edu/woodwc/

  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1980
  • B.A., highest honors, Auburn University, 1974  
Professional Interests
  • Industrial organization
  • Public choice
  • Behavioral finance
  • Economic education
Personal Interests
Professional Background
  • Staff writer, The Associated Press 
Current Courses Taught
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • Industrial Organization
Positions Held
  • 1989-present, Professor of Economics and Director, Center for Economic Education, James Madison University
Awards and Recognitions
  • Henry H. Villard Research Award, National Association of Economic Educators, 2016
  • The Princeton Review's Best 300 Professors, 2012
  • Distinguished Service Award, James Madison University College of Business, 2010-2011.
  • Distinguished Leadership Award for support of literacy in the central Shenandoah Valley, Skyline Literacy Coalition, 2007.
  • Best Paper Award, Journal of Private Enterprise. (2001).
  • Madison Scholar, James Madison University. (1997).
  • National Winner, Essay Competition in Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, Association of Private Enterprise Education and National Federation of Independent Business. (1994).
  • Clifford D. Spangler Award, Alpha Kappa Psi and the American Risk and Insurance Association. (1991).
  • Webmaster, Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership;
  • Leadership Team, Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren
Key Publications

Wood, W. C., Schug, M. C., Niederjohn, M.S., Ferrarini, T.H. (2019). Economic Episodes in American History, Second Edition. Morristown, NJ: Wohl Publishing.

Wood, W. C. (2002). Getting a Grip on Your Money. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Wood, W. C., O'Roark, J. B., DeLaCruz, L. M. (2013). A Threat-Response Model of Counter-Terrorism: Implications for Information Security. International Journal of Risk and Contingency Management, 2(4), 39-49.

O'Roark, J. B., Wood, W. C. (2011). Determinants of Congressional Minimum Wage Support:  The Role of Background and Education. Public Choice, 147(1-2), 209-225.

Wood, W. C. (2008). Subprime Lending and Social Justice: A Biblical Perspective. Journal of Markets and Morality, 11(2), 189-204.

  • March 2013

    Dr. William C. Wood (J.W. and Alice S. Marriott Faculty Fellow; Director, Center for Economic Education; Professor, Economics) received $60,499 from Shenandoah Valley Economic Education Inc. for "Economic Education Consultant Program" to continue a teacher outreach program in economic education.

  • July 2014

    Dr. William C. Wood (J.W. and Alice S. Marriott Faculty Fellow; Professor, Economics; Director, Center for Economic Education) received $64,818 from Shenandoah Valley Economic Education Inc. for an economic education consultant program to improve economic literacy in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

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