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Outstanding Safety Educator


Safety educators make a difference in the classroom and beyond — ultimately advancing the safety profession and improving workplace safety.

2024 Outstanding Safety Educator

Leslie Rex Stockel, Ph.D., SMS, CSP
Oklahoma State University


ASSP Names 2024 Outstanding Safety Educator

What Is the Outstanding Safety Educator Award?

The William E. Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator Award is a prestigious honor. This award is presented annually to educators who demonstrate the highest level of achievement in occupational safety and health (OSH) teaching, scholarship and professional service. The award is named after Dr. William E. Tarrants, a pioneer in safety education, a Society Fellow and a past Society president.

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Honoree Benefits

Award recipients receive a plaque and $1,500 honorarium.

Nominee Requirements

We look to safety educators to create a challenging and relevant education experience for students pursuing OSH-related degrees. We also expect these professionals to get their students involved in ASSP's student sections and in contributing to safety-related research. A nominee must:

  • Be a full-time faculty member (assistant professor or above) in a OSH (or a closely related) program
  • Be a professional member of ASSP in good standing for at least 3 years before being nominated
  • Show evidence of 5 years’ successful teaching experience in a tenure-track position
  • Not have been named an ASSP Fellow

Submission Process

Deadline: Electronic submission, January 7th

You can submit nominations as a professional colleague, ASSP colleague, immediate supervisor or student to our Technical and Professional Recognition Committee. Submit a single electronic PDF to ASSP Awards.

Other Questions?

Please contact ASSP's Professional Affairs staff.

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