A: I’m Dr. Timothy Murphy. I’m the Associate Professor and Chair of Environmental, Safety and Health Management Program here at UF and I’m from Findlay, Ohio.
Q: What kind of hands-on learning is happening in your classes?
A: Students do a variety of hands-on work in the environmental program. In the fall, they take the ESOH 270 course and do hands-on activities in the laboratory, monitoring for industrial hygiene. In the industrial processes, course, they do site visits to industry and work with the health and safety group there to perform job hazard and job safety analyses of the people in that workplace.
Q: Among your students, in whom have you seen a professional change?
A: I see professional change in all of our students, starting typically at the end of the sophomore year when the students come back from their first internship. They learn while they are on their internship, working either for an agency or a private sector firm, that they need to behave as professionals and act as professionals daily in their work lives and in their personal lives. We see it in all of our students.
Q: What is your favorite part about teaching?
A: The best part about teaching in the environmental program is my students. We attract students who want to make a difference in the environment and want to make a difference in the lives of people who work. That passion that they bring, we get to develop that passion, increase it, and that is what I enjoy the most about teaching.
Q: Outside of the classroom, what do you love to do?
A: I teach the marshal arts. I’m a black belt in kempo karate, and I teach The University of Findlay Martial Arts Club kempo karate and ju jitsu. I get to do that twice a week. I get to work out with students and become friends with students who are not in my major.
Q: What is your advice for a student making a college decision?
A: I tell all the students — including my own children — first, visit a number of schools, both large and small. Second, stand in the middle of campus and ask yourself, “Does this feel good?” It needs to feel like home. If it’s not going to feel like home, it’s probably not the best fit.
Q: What do you love about being an Oiler?
A: I love the people I work with. I’ve come to meet and know faculty members and staff members across campus. They all love working here. They all are great people, and I’ve been in a number of conversations where we all say the same thing. The best thing about being an Oiler is the people you work with.
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