Lieutenant Colonel Woodruff is an Academy Professor and the Director of Leadership and Management Studies at the United States Military Academy at West Point. His previous assignments include six tours with operational warfighting regiments, including Stryker, air assault, light, and armor assignments. His leadership positions have ranged from being a squad leader in West Germany patrolling the border against the Soviets; multiple squad, section, and platoon leader positions; two company commands that included testing and fielding of the Army’s first Stryker units; to his final infantry assignment where he was the deployed battalion S3, XO, and acting commander for 1-14 Infantry (Stryker) in Iraq (2007 to 2009). Additionally, LTC Woodruff has served in several staff positions, including Chief of IED-Defeat for the 25th Infantry Division during combat operations in Iraq (2006-2007), where he routinely patrolled with maneuver and engineer units to develop and share best practices, identify and field needed equipment, and develop counter IED offensive operations.
LTC Woodruff’s experiences also reflect his strong emphasis on the Soldier-Scholar model. From his first exposure to West Point as a young sergeant in the summer of 1988 training the cadet class of 1991 on mortar firing and call for fire, LTC Woodruff has had a strong commitment to the Academy and the development of leaders. Since that summer, LTC Woodruff has completed a Bachelor of Science and an MBA in management from Southern Illinois University, where was commissioned through ROTC as a DMG, a Masters in Sociology from the University of Maryland, and a PhD in Marketing from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. Now on his second tour teaching at USMA, he strives to integrate his diverse leadership experiences and his multidisciplinary education in the classroom and in the development of cadets and officers at West Point and around the globe.
LTC Woodruff has attended numerous military schools, to include both the Primary and Basic Noncommissioned Officers Courses (Honor Graduate); Army ROTC (AUSA 1992 Outstanding Cadet); the Infantry Officer Basic Course (Distinguished Honor Graduate); the Infantry Officer Advanced Course; the U.S. Army Ranger Course; U.S. Army Pathfinder School ; U.S. Army Airborne School; the Air Assault Course (Air Assault Road March Champion); the Mortar Leaders Course; the Bradley Leaders Course; and the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College.
LTC Woodruff’s awards and decorations include the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal (3rd award); the Army Commendation Medal (8th award); the Army Achievement Medal (13th award); the Expert Infantry Badge, the Pathfinder Badge; the Parachutist Badge; the Air Assault Badge; and the Ranger Tab. His unit decorations include the Valorous Unit Award, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and the Army Superior Unit Award.
Ryan Kelty, Todd Woodruff, and David Segal (2010) "Relative Salience of Family versus Soldier Role Identity among Combat Soldiers," Annual Review of Political and Military Sociology, Vol. 38.
Woodruff, Todd D. 2007. “Developing Organizational Commitment by Putting People First” 338-362 in Leadership Lessons from West Point, Doug Crandall (ed.) San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Woodruff, Todd, Ryan Kelty, and David R. Segal. 2006. “Propensity to Enlist and Motivations to Serve Among American Combat Soldiers.” Armed Forces & Society, 32(3):353-366.
Woodruff, Todd D. 2005. “The Power of Caring in Developing Commitment" in Leadership Breakthroughs from West Point, Leader to Leader Journal, Special Edition: 32-38.
Woodruff, Todd D. and Thomas A. Kolditz. 2005. "The Need to Develop Expert Knowledge of the Military Family" pp 531-548 in The Future of the Army Profession, 2nd Edition. Don M. Snider and Lloyd Mathews (eds.). New York: McGraw-Hill Publishing.
Woodruff, Todd D. 2005. "Leadership and the Need for Family Support" pp. 393-402 in Military Missions and their Implications Reconsidered: The Aftermath of September 11th, Giuseppe Caforio and Gerhard Kummel (eds.). Amsterdam: Elsevier Series Publishing.
Woodruff, Todd D. 2003. “The Case for Caring Leadership” in United States Military Academy PL300 course textbook. McGraw-Hill Publishing.
Kelty, Ryan, Todd Woodruff and David R. Segal. 2006 (July). “Relative Salience of Family versus Soldier Role Identity.” Presented at the International Sociological Association World Congress. Durban, South Africa.
Ender, Morten, Todd D. Woodruff, and Remi Hajjar. 2005 April. “Social Inequality and U. S. Death in Iraq: The Class-Bias Thesis Revisited." Presented at the North Central Sociological Association for the session: Perspectives on War and Peace and the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (IUS): Canada. October 2004.
Woodruff, Todd D., Ryan Kelty, and David Segal. 2004 (October). “Propensity to Serve and Motivation to Enlist Among American Combat Soldiers.” Presented at the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (IUS): Canada in cooperation with York University Centre for International and Security Studies and the Canadian Forces College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Woodruff, Todd D. 2004 (October). “Caring Leadership: The need to Prepare Leaders to Care for Soldiers and their Families.” Presented at the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (IUS): Canada in cooperation with York University Centre for International and Security Studies and the Canadian Forces College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Woodruff, Todd D. 2004 (October). The Impact of Identity Salience on Military-Family Conflict. Presented at the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (IUS): Canada in cooperation with York University Centre for International and Security Studies and the Canadian Forces College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Woodruff, Todd D. 2004. “Setting the Conditions for Successful in Extremis Leadership and Self-Directed Development.” Presented at the Annual Academy of Management Conference, New Orleans, 7-11 August 2004
Woodruff, Todd D. 2004 (July). “The Intersection of Leader Development, Identity Salience, and Military-Family Conflict.” Presented at the International Sociological Association Conference, Ankara, Turkey.
Woodruff, Todd D. 2004 (June). The Need to Develop Expert Knowledge of the Military Family. Presented at the Senior Leader Conference, West Point, NY.
Woodruff, Todd D. 2004 (February). “Soldier and Family Identity Salience in Combat Arms Soldiers.” Presented at Eastern Sociological Society Annual Conference, New York City.
Woodruff, Todd D. 2003 (October). “India and the Postmodern Military Model.” Presented at the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (IUS), Chicago.
The effects of membership/enlistment motivations on relationship quality and pro-organizational behavior.