Academics Practice Specialty


Join the Academics Practice Specialty for access to a network of safety subject matter experts within academia, as well as relevant industry education and information.

AcademicsWho We Are

ASSP’s Academics Practice Specialty member community is committed to advancing occupational safety and health (OSH) in academic and higher education settings. If you’re an ASSP member — and also an OSH student or academician — we’ll help you grow professionally. We’ll also work to influence OSH educational strategies, research, accreditation, professional certification and international academic research.

What We Do

For ASSP members within the Academics Practice Specialty community, we provide the following:

  • Networking opportunities via social media groups, conference calls, and in-person meetings like the annual Professional Development Conference and annual Academic Forum so you can connect with other academicians
  • Professional development opportunities, including OSH education, mentor relationships that facilitate sharing knowledge, and volunteer and leadership opportunities to build your skills and enhance your resume
  • Publish the Journal of Safety, Health and Environmental Research online twice a year, to peer-reviewed theoretical and empirical manuscripts, reviews and editorials devoted to OSH issues and practices

Why It Matters

We believe educating and connecting OSH academics and OSH students — as well as advocating for OSH research, accredited and sound OSH academic programs, and professional certification — help to ensure that OSH is a formal and well-respected course of study that later translates into viable careers and business operations that make workplaces safer and healthier.

How to Join

ASSP members: Log in to your ASSP account to upgrade your membership.

Non-members: Join ASSP and your desired practice specialties at the same time.


Get the latest news from the ASSP Academics Practice Specialty Group, including meeting updates, future engagements and education, requests for volunteers, and calls for action or advocacy.

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    Salary survey pinpoints value of certifications for safety and health professionals

    May 24, 2018
    ASSE and BCSP conducted a 33-question salary survey in March of nearly 10,000 safety, health and environmental professionals based primarily in the United States and Canada, identifying the typical salary, benefits, credentials and experience of these individuals. The median base salary for full-time professionals was $97,000.
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    New workplace safety books available at Safety 2018 in San Antonio

    May 24, 2018
    Two new occupational safety and health books debut at Safety 2018. Available for purchase will be "Safety Leadership and Professional Development," edited by Richard Olawoyin and Darryl C. Hill, and "Fred Manuele on Safety Management," written by Fred Manuele and edited by Professional Safety’s Tina Angley.​
  • How to Address Reproductive Health in the Workplace

    How to Address Reproductive Health in the Workplace

    May 16, 2018
    Global conversations about reproductive health in the workplace are changing, and some occupational safety and health professionals are taking steps to close the significant gaps in the industry’s understanding of how to support a large employee population: parents.
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    What Is the Singapore Accord and How Does It Clarify OSH Roles?

    Dec 20, 2017
    Which skills should each type of OSH employee bring to the table? What are those different types? The Singapore Accord, a call-to-action signed at a 2017 meeting in Singapore, encourages OSH organizations to adopt a global framework that helps answer those and other important questions.
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    An Inside Look at the LearnEx Prevention Through Design Course

    Sep 28, 2017
    LearnEx online courses are an avenue through which OSH professionals can complete the Society’s formal courses via a completely online experience. Participants receive the same level of course content and educational engagement, but can learn at their own pace anywhere an Internet connection is available.


Leadership Opportunities

Go beyond belonging to the Academics Practice Specialty and volunteer for a position on our advisory committee. Or, consider running to be elected as assistant administrator, which, after two years, leads to the office of administrator. As a volunteer leader, you can lend your time and expertise to our many initiatives, while developing transferable leadership and team-building skills. Our leadership positions help our members reach their highest level of performance, both on the job and in the Society. 

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Academic Practice Specialty Advisory Committee

Administrator Lu Yuan, CSP, Sc.D.

Assistant Administrator Helmut W Paschold, Ph.D., CSP, CIH

Awards & Honors Chair Miaozong Wu, Ph.D., ARM

Content Coordinator Qingsheng Wang, P.E., CSP

CoPS Body of Knowledge Chair Jan K Wachter, CSP, CIH, Sc.D.

Government Affairs Chair Jan K Wachter, CSP, CIH, Sc.D.

Membership Chair William Mills, Ph.D., CIH

Nominations & Elections Chair Leigh A Blunt, Ed.D., CSP

Professional Development Chair Jack Odunga Ogutu, ASP

Secretary Michael F O'Toole, Ph.D.

Social Media Chair Tina L Holland, OHST

Staff Liaison Charlyn L Haguewood

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