Leigh Ann Blunt, a nationally recognized professor in the occupational safety and health field and member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) for 14 years, has been named ASSP’s 2020 William E. Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator.
Blunt, Ed.D., CSP, is a safety sciences professor and chair of the School of Geoscience, Physics and Safety at the University of Central Missouri (UCM), where she has been a faculty member since 1999.
She has recruited occupational safety students for two decades by meeting with prospective students and their families, attending career fairs and presenting at regional and national conferences. Blunt has helped many safety sciences students find internships, co-ops and full-time jobs.
Under Blunt’s leadership as department chair, the number of declared majors has more than doubled and the safety program has grown from 125 students to 425 students.
Each year, ASSP honors an occupational safety and health professional who demonstrates outstanding achievement in safety education. These top instructors help students reach their full potential and become results producing safety professionals. The award is named after Dr. William E. Tarrants, a pioneer in safety education who was an ASSP Fellow and president (1977-78).
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