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Hundreds of UCM students prepared for safety careers by taking courses taught by Jim Counts during the 36 years he served the university. He has retired as professor emeritus of safety.
Counts joined the University in 1972, the same year he earned a doctorate in safety from Michigan State University. He also studied at Bowling Green State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology in 1966, then completed a master’s degree in industrial technology the following year at Ohio University.
Students who studied under Counts over the years learned from courses such as Readings in Safety Science and Technology; Organization, Administration and Supervision; Problems with Alcohol and Drugs; Safety and Health Management; Seminar in Safety Science and Technology; and Special Projects in Safety Sciences.
His interest in students included advising a number of graduate students, serving as adviser for the student chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and adviser to Rho Sigma Kappa, National Safety and Health Honor Society. He also served the university through a variety of committee assignments. This includes participation on the promotion and tenure committee, participating on the search committee for a Safety Sciences department chair, and helping to organize the department’s recruitment day.
Counts was also involved in research related to his field, including being a contributing author for a chapter in the book, Industrial Hygiene Program Management. Additional published works dealt with topics such as employee perceptions of occupational safety and health, emergency management planning, and safety survey for industry assessment. He shared his expertise in the safety area through presentations before students and professional groups off campus.