Fred E. Woods has lectured extensively in the U.S. and internationally on issues dealing with the global Church, especially as it pertains to emigration from European countries. Woods is the chief compiler and editor of the Mormon Migration web site, which contains all the known chartered voyages, passenger lists, and Latter-day Saint immigrant accounts to America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

He has held the Richard L. Evans Chair of Religious Understanding (2005–10), which permitted him to travel far and wide as an ambassador for BYU in  building bridges with other faiths, cultures, and nations. In addition, he has been a visiting professor at the University of Iceland and a research fellow at Oxford University and at the Catholic University of Australia in Melbourne.

Woods has written books and produced documentaries regarding Latter-day Saints in Australia, Iceland, the colonies in Mexico, and most recently, he co-authored a book on the Saints of Tonga, which he hopes to have published this coming year. Also, he has authored academic articles about the Church in Australia, England, Iceland, Netherlands, Scotland, South Africa, and Tonga. He is now co-authoring a book on the image of Latter-day Saints in the British mind and co-editing a book on the adventures of a South African convert named Eli Wiggill.

Currently, Woods is the only professor who teaches RELC 344 The Global Church at BYU. His curriculum may be viewed online.