Dr. Woodward received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 1965. He has taught at Texas A&M University (1965-1970) and Marshall University (1970-2006). He is also the author of numerous books and articles that include Hell in the Holy Land: World War I in the Middle East (published in the United Kingdom as Forgotten Soldiers of the First Word War). His most recent book is The American Army and the First World War, published by Cambridge University Press as a volume in its series on the armies of the major combatants of World War I.
Other books include Lloyd George and the Generals, Trial by Friendship: Anglo-American Relations, 1917-1918, Field Marshal Sir William Robertson: Chief of the Imperial General Staff in the Great War, World War I Almanac, The Military Correspondence of Sir William Robertson and America and World War I: A Selected Annotated Bibliography of English-Language Sources. Dr. Woodward has been researching and writing about various aspects of World War I for over five decades.
The family and friends of the late Benjamin Kopper Smith established the B.K. Smith Lecture in History in 1957. The series has brought distinguished scholars to the UST campus to lecture and hold informal discussions with students and faculty. B.K. Smith, a welding superintendent for the Pennsylvania Railroad, came to Texas in 1920 and founded the Big Three Welding and Equipment Company, which opened a Houston office in 1925. His contributions to Houston were many, and he remained active until his death in 1948, a year after UST was founded.