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Posted in on Tue, May 30, 2006

DES PLAINES, IL (May 30, 2006) – Acknowledging his ongoing contributions to the growth in occupational safety and health curriculums, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) today announced Oakland University’s Assistant Professor and Program Director of Occupational Safety and Health Charles W. McGlothlin, Jr., Ph.D., P.E. as this year’s recipient of the Dr. William E. Tarrants ASSE Outstanding Safety Educator award. This award will be presented to Dr. McGlothlin at ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference and Exposition – Safety 2006, in Seattle, WA, this June. Oakland University is located in Rochester, Michigan.

Dr. McGlothlin is also the President of the ASSE Greater Detroit Chapter and a professional member. The Detroit Chapter just celebrated its 50 th Anniversary.

The ASSE Outstanding Safety Educator award was established in 2002 in honor of Dr. William E. Tarrants, P.E., CSP, of Crownsville, MD. He was a past ASSE president and safety educator who helped establish the Academic Accreditation Council and the national Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). Nominated by their peers, recipients of this award are recognized for their work with education in the occupational safety, health and environmental field, and the Society. This award is sponsored by Pittsburgh, IL-based PPG Industries. Established in 1883, PPG Industries is a leading diversified manufacturer that supplies its products and services around the world.

“Since Dr. McGlothlin accepted the appointment as department head, the Oakland University occupational safety and health program has grown. ABET accreditation was achieved this year and the Master of Science degree in Safety Management is in the final stages of University approval,” ASSE member and Oakland University Faculty Advisor Frank M. Cleary, CSP, P.E, said. “These accomplishments were the result of Dr. McGlothlin’s early successful efforts to bring the program faculty, alumni and students together to assess and address needed improvements in the program curriculum.

“This has resulted in increased enrollments,” Cleary said, “as students find him open to them in the classroom and in outside and professional activities.”

Dr. McGlothlin received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mining Engineering from West Virginia University and his Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies at Colorado State University. Prior to Oakland University, Dr. McGlothlin was responsible for safety, health and environmental operations at Bethlehem Steel in Pennsylvania, Atlantic Richfield and Kaiser Coal corporations in Utah and KN Energy in Colorado. After 25 years of safety and health-related industry experience, Dr. McGlothlin began his teaching career at Trinidad State Junior College (TSJC) in 1993. During his years there he was instrumental in developing the TSJC degree for online delivery and gaining ABET accreditation, the first time a two-year college in America was given accreditation.

ABET, Inc., the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology, is a federation of 28 professional and technical societies representing these fields. ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for over 70 years. ABET currently accredits some 2,700 programs at over 550 colleges and universities nationwide. Over 1,500 dedicated volunteers participate annually in ABET activities.

Dr. McGlothlin is an ABET safety –related program evaluator and team chair and serves on the ABET Applied Science Accreditation Commission (ASAC) representing ASSE and was appointed to the ABET ASAC Executive Committee in 2005. He was also voted safety professional of the year (SPY) by his peers in 1997 by the ASSE Pikes Peak Chapter.

Currently, Dr. McGlothlin is working with Oakland University officials and the Oakland University School of Business Administration for final approval to offer a Master of Science in Safety Management degree. This degree would focus on the business aspects of safety management in the workplace and will combine a balance of core MBA course work with case studies in risk assessment, loss control, risk management, safety program planning, administration and management.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest and largest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. For more information check ASSE’s website at

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