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Dr. Wayne Hartz PhD

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Interim Dean of Professional and Graduate Studies
Professional and Graduate Studies/Safety and Occupational Health Applied Science
Rhodes Hall Rhodes Hall N123 • M-3900

Have a coffee with Wayne and you will quickly realize his passion for evidence of student learning to make a difference. His commitment to education and professional practice are driven by his desire to “do more by preparing the next generation of occupational health and safety professionals.” Students interested in pursuing occupational health and safety appreciate his dynamic and engaging teaching style. But Wayne cautions, in class “be prepared for challenge, because once hired as a safety professional, your actions or inactions will impact employees’ wellbeing.”

Wayne’s dissertation defined 21st Century undergraduate learning competencies for emerging occupational health and safety professionals. His qualitative research method was a consensus building process synthesizing subject matter experts, typifying his ability to facilitate a process with different perspectives resulting in a positive outcome.

Wayne is described as a connective learner and supportive facilitator, bringing multiple ideas and resources together from those closest to the work, to realize opportunities for positive change. He’s known for being strategic, pragmatic, authentic, and down-to-earth, with a bias for action.

Roles at Keene State College:

  • Interim Dean, School of Professional and Graduate Studies (2012 – 2015)
    • Leading and managing the Schools and Programs of Professional and Graduate Studies (Architecture, Athletic Training (CAATE), Child Development Center (NACEY), Continuing Education, Dietetic Internship (ACEND), Education, Educator Preparation (NCATE/CAEP), Health Science, Physical Education (NCATE/CAEP), Sustainable Product Design and Innovation, Safety and Occupational Health and Applied Sciences, and WorkwiseNH.
  • Faculty, Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences (SOHAS) (2004 – Present)
  • Faculty & Program Coordinator, SOHAS (2006 –2012)
  • Service to the college Provost Search Committee, AVP Finance Search Committee, Safety Coordinator Search Committee, Integrative Studies Program Advisory Board, TDS Center Building Design Team, College Senate and Senate Curriculum Committee, Faculty Development Committee, Faculty Scholar Recognition Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee.

Degrees and Credentials:

  • PhD, Leadership and Change, Antioch University, Yellow Springs, OH
  • MPS, Agriculture, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • BS, Environmental Health, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
  • AAS, Public Health, SUNY Morrisville, Morrisville, NY
  • CSP, Certified Safety Professional, Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

Professional Service (present and past)

  • Professional Member- American Society of Safety Engineers Member, Educational Standards Committee and Academic Practice Committee
  • Advisory Board Member, School Administrative Unit 29, Keene, NH
  • Board Member- Northern New England Safety Council Awards Committee Member- Northern New England Safety Council Evaluated health and safety programs to identify “programs of excellence” for awards.
  • Member- National Safety Management Society
  • Advisory Board Member- Occupational Health and Safety Program, Central Maine Technical College, Auburn, Maine.

Professional Background:

  • Corporate Manager of Employee Health and Safety; Organization Development Team Member; L.L.Bean Inc., Freeport, ME.
  • Adjunct Professor; Advisory Board member; AAS Occupational Health and Safety Program, Central Maine Technical College, Auburn, ME
  • Senior Environmental Hygienist; Office of Environmental Health and Safety, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Water Treatment Plant Operator, Bolton Point, Lansing NY


  • Bean’s Best Award, L.L.Bean Inc., Freeport, ME.
  • Trustee, Surry Reed Free Library, Surry, NH

Recent scholarly activity:

Hill, D., Hartz, W., Hudson, D., Turnbeaugh, T., & Norris, T. (June, 2014). Hamid Fonooni (Chair). A swot-analysis-approach discussion, focused on the future of sh&e profession and education. Panelist at: American Society of Safety Engineers Professional Development Conference and Exposition, Orlando, FL.

Hartz, W. (June 2014). 21st-century u.s. safety professional educational standards: Establishing minimum baccalaureate graduate learning outcomes for emerging occupational health and safety professionals. Presentation delivered at: American society of safety engineers professional development conference and exposition, Orlando, FL. Retrieved from

Hartz, W., Ramsay, J., & Sorrell, E. (2015- in press). Advancing the occupational health and safety profession through outcomes-based accreditation. Professional Safety, American Society of Safety Engineers, Chicago, IL.

Ramsay, J., Hartz, W., Hill, D., & Sorrell, E., (2015 – in press). Development of a roadmap toward professionalization for the occupational health and safety discipline. Proposal to American Society of Association Executives, in conjunction with the America Society of Safety Engineers, Council on Professional Affairs, American Society of Safety Engineers. Chicago, IL.

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