I recently spoke to a group of students enrolled in the Innovate Bham workforce development program.My talk centered on how to use design thinking to improve understanding of the intersection between philanthropy, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

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Philanthropy has been defined as the “love of humanity.” Philanthropy can also be described as investments of time, talent, treasure and testimony towards the benefit of others.

Below are some examples of ways in which my family expresses our love for humanity.



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BCF Outstanding Charitable Org Award

Dr. Hood integrates and deploys much of his research and teaching activities in service to his local, university and professional communities.


Service To His Profession
Academic Conference: Discussant / Panelist
2014:  The PhD Project – KPMG Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Panelist for The Nuts and Bolts of the Dissertation Process
Academic Conference: Moderator / Facilitator
2014:  The PhD Project – KPMG Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   Preparing for Success: Managing Your Dissertation
2010:  Academy of Management – Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.  Strategic Change. Session Facilitator.
Reviewer – Article / Manuscript
2015: International Journal of Conflict Management
2015: Journal of Organizational Behavior
2015:  Emotion.
2013 – 2014:  Southern Management Association Conference.
2012 – 2014:  Organization Science.
2009 – 2014:  Academy of Management – Annual Meeting.
Reviewer – Grant Proposal Related to Expertise
2014:  UAB MHRC Health Disparities Research Training Program Grant Writing Retreat Review and Critique Session.   Served as a grant reviewer for junior faculty’s k award proposals.
Invited Lecture
2014:  Future Engineers of America/National Society of Black Engineers.  Stratemy for Engineers: Career Lessons Learned from a Life as an Engineering Student, Professional and Researcher.
2014:  UAB Accounting Career Awareness Program.  Hosted a workshop on Professional Brand Awareness for the UAB Accounting Career Awareness Program.
2014:  MSM/ TU/ UAB Cancer Partnership Summer Cancer Research Training Program.  Hosted a research workshop on Team Science for participants in the Morehouse/Tuskegee/UAB Summer Cancer Research Training Program.
2014:  UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science.  Team Science: What is Team Science and how do I build a team?
2013:  UAB Health Administration PhD Program.
Keynote Address
2011:  Professional Development Workshop – Academy of Management Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, San Antonio, Texas.  Knowledge is Power: Enlightening by Mentoring.
Officer: Organization / Association
2010 – 2012:  The PhD Project – KPMG Foundation.  Past President. Organization committed to the diversification of Corporate America by diversifying the college classroom.
2009 – 2013:  The PhD Project – KPMG Foundation.

Service To His University
2015-2016:  UAB Retention and Graduation Working Group: Study of Student Departure
2014-2015:  UAB STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Initiative
2014-2015:  UAB School of Public Health Wicked Problem Case Competition
2011, 2012, 2015 UAB Health Administration Minority PhD Student Recruitment.
2012-2013 UAB HealthSmart
2012-2013 UAB Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
2014-2015:  UAB STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Initiative
2014-2015:  UAB School of Public Health Wicked Problem Case Competition
2011-2012 – 2013-2014:  UAB BMEN – Blazer Male Excellence Network: Served as a faculty mentor in the UAB BMEN initiative.
2011-2012 – 2012-2013:  Recruitment Yield Initiative for Incoming Fall Freshmen: Made phone calls to prospective UAB students to insure they were planning to attend UAB in the fall.
2015-2016:  UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science: Assisting with the development and integration of team science programming in the CCTS’s current offerings.
2014:  UAB QEP Team Learning Resource Working Group

To the School
Faculty Advisor, UAB Innovation Lab
African-American Male Success Initiative
Collat School of Business Academic and Small Business Alliance Bridge to Success Program

To the Department
Information Systems Faculty Search Committee

Service To His Community
Media Citations
2014:  MyFoxAL Interview on Interviewing Tips
2014:  ABC 33/40 Interview on Negotiating Tips for New College Graduates
Member of a Committee
2015:  Facilitator, Global Urban Datafest: Smart Cities Hackathon
2011 – 2012:  Birmingham YMCA Youth Center, Advisory Board Member
Other Community Service Activities
2015:  College 101 Program, Birmingham Education Foundation, Served as the point person to recruit UAB students for the Birmingham Ed Foundation’s College 101 program.
2014:  Superintendent Search Focus Group, Birmingham Ed Foundation, Requested by Dean Jack to represent the UAB Collat School of Business at a Focus Group Meeting for a Superintendent Search for the Birmingham Ed Foundation.
2014:  Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), Facilitated an Economic Development Conversation with the ABFE Fellows, City of Birmingham’s Offices of Community and Economic Development, and the Greater Birmingham Planning Commission
2014:  My Brother’s Keeper Roundtable for the “Partners in Progress” 2014 Back to School Bus Tour, Participated in the My Brother’s Keeper Roundtable for the “Partners in Progress” 2014 Back to School Bus Tour hosted by the U.S. Department of Education
2014:  Birmingham Business Alliance’s OnBoard Birmingham Program, Consulted with BBA VP of Workforce Development on the initial structure of the program.
Reviewed initial proposal and offered suggested changes.
Providing ongoing support and advice to Workforce Development VP.
Attend and serve as panelist at events.
2011 – 2014:  Mission Alabama, Board of Directors
2011 – 2014:  Birmingham Urban League Young Professionals
2011 – 2013:  Birmingham Venture Club
Positions Held in Civic Organizations
Executive Board Member, Birmingham Change Fund
Board Member, City of Birmingham, Zoning Board of Adjustment
Young Professionals Board Member, UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center
Board Member, One Great Community Council, UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science
Faculty Research Scholar, UAB Center for the Study of Community Health

2015:  Spark Mentoring Program, Birmingham Business Alliance
Served as a mentor to Alabama Launchpad participants.
2014:  UAB Medicine IdeaSourcing Website Development,