Gina Woodall,

‘99 BS, ‘01 MA, ‘05 PhD political science

Faculty Teaching Achievement Award

This award is presented annually to an ASU faculty member who delivers an educational experience that creates impactful, transformative narratives regarding issues facing the world and expands the minds of students to help discover innovative solutions.

Gina Woodall, a committed educator and a consummate Sun Devil, is this year’s recipient of the 2024 Faculty Teaching Award.

  • Three-time ASU alumna (’99, ’01 and ’05).

  • Director for both the Capital Scholars Internship program and Community Engagement in the School of Politics and Global Studies.

  • Teaching interests focus on American government, political dis/misinformation and women in politics.

A full-time faculty member since 2007, Woodall has devoted her career to shaping the minds of her students. Her academic journey consists of a trio of degrees in political science obtained from ASU, beginning with her bachelor’s degree in 1999, in which she graduated from her class summa cum laude. She then pursued her master's degree in 2001 and a PhD in 2005.

Woodall’s teaching interests are diverse yet impactful. Her main area of focus rests within the complex issues surrounding political dis/misinformation and exploring the role of women in politics, but she has also taught courses on public opinion, political statistics and political socialization.. She is a well-respected expert in her field and frequently does media interviews on the topics of politics and elections.

A strong proponent for real-world exposure, Woodall has made it her mission to bridge the gap amongst her students from academia to hands-on experiences. She is a consistent connection to community professionals and alumni in both Arizona and the Washington D.C. areas in an effort to help students take the next steps in their young careers. She currently serves as the director for the Capital Scholars Internship program, the director of Community Engagement for the School of Politics and Global Studies, and is also a lead faculty member for the School of Politics and Global Studies Early Start Program, demonstrating a clear commitment to preparing students for impactful careers within the political and global spaces.

In addition to teaching, Woodall explores research topics that focus on gender and negative advertising, the use of social media in the political science classroom, and the intersection of gender, media and political candidates. She is co-author on several publications, including “Fake News: How to Identify and Refute it” and “3 scholars explain Senate results in South Carolina, Iowa and Arizona - and what they say about voters.” 

Woodall’s impact is not only felt within the classroom, but also stretches far into the lives of others within the Sun Devil community. Woodall is the ASU Faculty Women's Association President Elect. Her passion for teaching, commitment to learning and dedication to the university make her a deserving recipient of the Faculty Teaching Award.