Eric M. Moody, Ph.D.
Office Hours

UCOM 3712
Office hours
W 12-3
F 10-1
Ph: (251) 460-6263
Fax: (251) 460-6519
307 University Blvd., S.
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
Eric M. Moody, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Studies, Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society chapter councilor (Theta Tau chapter)
Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies

B.S., Commercial Music, University of North Alabama, 1989
M.B.A., Management and Marketing, University of North Alabama, 1992
Ph.D., Political Science, University of Florida, 2008


Military Education:

  • Air War College, Air University, Jun 2013
  • Air Command and Staff College, Air University, 2007
  • Squadron Officer School, Air University, Jan 2000
  • Academic Instructor School, Air University, Apr 1999
Teaching Philosophy

My teaching approach is founded on the simple premise that I care that students care about their education. I believe ignorance fosters many of our personal and societal woes and that education is the means to solving these problems, leading to a more empathetic, prosperous, and humble world. In fact, my main goal as a learning facilitator is to ensure my students are given every opportunity to fully understand and retain course content. With that in mind, I am constantly seeking new and engaging instructional methods to improve the level of participation and knowledge comprehension in my courses. If a student is making sincere and genuine efforts to succeed in class, then I believe it is my obligation as an educator to do everything I possibly can to ensure they are successful—for as my students succeed, so do I.

My current research interests include constructivist approaches to pedagogy development and curriculum improvements in online courses. Other areas of interests include the role of celebrity in politics and the exploration of compassionate cosmopolitanism and faith in foreign policy.
As a military veteran, I will forever be conscious of the needs and concerns of my fellow brothers/sisters-in-arms. I am a Life-member of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), as well as a current member of the Dauphin Island Veterans Association (DIVA). Throughout the year, I actively participate in numerous memorial ceremonies, fund-raising events, and community functions, to include riding the DIVA float in the Krewe de la Dauphine Mardi Gras parade.

First and foremost, I am a family man and a firm believer that education is the means to an empathetic world. I am a son of the Gulf Coast and as such, I bleed muddy water. Secondly, I am a Music Man. Here is the rest of my story… Following my initial, and very brief, attempt at being a college student, I led a successful 12-year career in both the food service and retail music industries. However, seeking to improve my professional repute, I returned to the University of North Alabama to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Music and a Masters of Business Administration. Shortly thereafter, I was accepted into Officer Training School and received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. My 20-year military career included overseas tours in Iceland and England, several stateside assignments, and a wartime deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. I have humbly received numerous citations and awards, to include the Allen E. Dorn Award for Outstanding Researcher of the Year (2011-12), the Philip D. Caine Award for Outstanding Instructor of the Year (2010-11), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the NATO Medal. I retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and have been an Assistant Professor at South Alabama since Jan 2015. P.S., I am an impassioned Beatles fan!




IST 302 - Interdisciplinary & Critical Thinking

IST 310 - Global Leadership in the 21st Century

IST 420 - Community Development & Leadership

IST 425 – Workplace Learning and Development

IST 494 – Directed Study

IST 495 - Professional Leadership & Teamwork

IST 498 - Internship I: Capstone Experience (W)