Faculty Member to Chair National Safety Group

Paul English, assistant professor in Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Safety, Security and Emergency Management, has been selected chairman of Conferences and Seminars for the Academics Practice Specialty group of American Society of Safety Engineers.

He will represent EKU alongside representatives from safety, health and environmental (SH&E)  programs across the nation, including those at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, East Carolina University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Murray State University, West Virginia University, Walt Disney University and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

“This is a great opportunity to get more involved with ASSE from all aspects,” English said. “My goal is to get EKU students to the Future Safety Leaders Conference, which will be held Nov. 7-9 this year in Schaumburg, Ill. This two-day conference, designed exclusively for ASSE student members, is created to prepare the future safety professional for the transition from student life to employment as a safety, health and environmental employee.”

Founded in 1911, the American Society of Safety Engineers is the oldest safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 33,000 occupational SH&E professional members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and the environment in all industries, government and education.

The organization is guided by a 16-member Board of Directors, which consists of eight regional vice presidents; three council vice presidents; Society president, president-elect, senior vice president, vice president of finance and executive director. ASSE has 17 practice specialties, 151 chapters, 28 sections and 58 student sections.

The Academics Practice Specialty provides a global professional forum for advancing the academic issues that affect SH&E professionals through networking opportunities, technical resources and a common voice on issues. It promotes the advancement of SH&E education, fosters the well-being of its members and their academic programs and mentors students within their academic specialties. This practice specialty provides a collective influence on educational strategies and research, accreditation and professional certification as well as on national and international academic associations.

Additional EKU Safety, Security and Emergency Management faculty serving primary safety organizations are Ron Dotson, Kentucky Safety and Health Network Board; Tom Schneid, National Safety Management Society Board; and Michael Schumann, Institute for Safety and Health Management Board of Directors.

Published on February 08, 2012