Preface to the International Experiences Special Issue


  • John Wood, Ph.D. University of Central Oklahoma
  • Jarrett Jobe University of Central Oklahoma


transformative learning, international experiences, special issue

Author Biography

John Wood, Ph.D., University of Central Oklahoma

John Wood, Ph.D. is an associate professor of public administration in the MPA program at UCO. He teaches class mainly about the local level focusing on leadership, policy, management and sustainability. In 2016, he won the Liberal Arts’ New Faculty of the Year Award. Wood is President of the Oklahoma Conference of AAUP and on the ICMA Sustainable Communities Committee. He is the former vice mayor of Guthrie, Oklahoma, formerly chairing Guthrie’s finance and street committees. In this role, Wood also served on the ACOG board and vice chair of the Garber-Wellington Aquifer advisory board. In addition to his teaching and service, Wood published the edited volume Taking Sides:Clashing Views in State & Local Government, as well as 13 peer-reviewed articles in areas of government ethics, public administration and environmental policy. He has also traveled to 35 countries, served in the USMC during the Gulf War in 1990-91, and is married to his beautiful wife, Bonnie.