Nathan Woolard, Ed.D. - The University of Tulsa
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Nathan Woolard, Ed.D.

Applied Assistant Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Director, Jolt@TU Business Center


Nathan Woolard, Ed.D., joined the TU faculty in spring 2022 as an applied assistant professor of innovation and entrepreneurship and the director of the Jolt@TU Business Center, providing student programming related to innovation, entrepreneurship, and the future of work. Woolard completed an AACSB-Accredited post-doctoral program in entrepreneurship at the University of Florida in 2017. Having grown up in a family of small business owners, he is passionate about small business and community development and operated a small business with his wife until 2019. Before joining the faculty at The University of Tulsa, Woolard served as the associate dean, department head, and associate professor of entrepreneurship at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, launching undergraduate and graduate curricular and co-curricular programs in entrepreneurship and family business. He is passionate about experiential and applied teaching and research. His research interests include entrepreneurial pedagogy and entrepreneurial ecosystem development.

Awards and Honors

Meredith College – IDA Friday Faculty Award (campus-wide, junior faculty of the year) – 2017, School of Business Teacher of the Year – 2019


  • Ed.D., Oklahoma State University
    Dissertation: “Academic Capitalism and Impact on State Spending”
  • Master of Public Administration, University of Oklahoma
  • B.S., University of Central Oklahoma

Research interests and areas of expertise

  • Leadership
  • Entrepreneurial pedagogy
  • Small business development
  • Entrepreneurial ecosystem development
  • Ecommerce