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Geoffrey L Wood, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Sociology; Director, Center for Applied Research

Dr. Geoff Wood is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Applied Research (CFAR). He earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University at Albany, State University of New York.

Dr. Wood teaches introduction to sociology, social problems, research methods, sociology of politics, social inequality, organizational behavior, and introduction to public policy. He serves as the faculty advisor for Pi Gamma Mu, the International Social Science Honor Society. He also serves as the pre-law coordinator and advisor as well as the public policy major advisor for Pitt-Greensburg.

As the director for CFAR, he has worked on several research projects with CFAR including: a community health needs assessment for Excela Health, evaluation projects for Private Industry Council, an evaluation of a STEM K-12 program for Aliquippa School District, and an evaluation of the reentry program for Westmoreland County Courts. Dr. Wood frequently recruits student research assistants to work for CFAR so they may learn applied research skills, which can then be used in the pursuit of graduate studies, law school, or career training. These efforts at CFAR have led to the production and publication of applied research reports, in which students can gain authorship through writing experiences.

Dr. Wood has published peer reviewed work including book chapters and journal articles. His work in categorical inequality, critical demography, and social stratification genres of sociological research contributed to his receipt of the President’s Distinguished Professional Development Award in 2020.

Dr. Wood serves as Vice President of the Pitt-Greensburg Faculty Senate and as a member of the faculty welfare committee. He represents faculty at the Greensburg campus on the University of Pittsburgh Faculty Assembly. Dr. Wood also serves as Vice President of the North Central Sociological Association, and President of the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.