Professor William Hood holds the only Chair in the Art History Department. His pedagogy is known for being somewhat anachronistic, as he advocates an older, yet incredibly rigorous and intellectually engaging approach to the study of art. He is known to be a difficult grader and intellectually demanding of his students. Above all, his main characteristic as a pedagogue is his unique and entertaining style of lecturing. They are eloquent, informative, challenging and most all -- memorable.
In his relationship to students, his preference for formality and maturity is usually misinterpreted as cold and uncaring, though he is effective at implying his concern and understanding of students throught his lectures and out of class engagement.
His most inportant contribution as an academic was his book, Fra Angelico at San Marco (1993), which was the winner of the Art Libraries Society of North America's 1993 George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award and also winner of the 1994 Eric Mitchell Prize "for an outstanding first book."