Shawn Adams

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Undergraduate Studies
College of Aviation

Office Hours

OFFICE HOURS: My office hours are from 7:30 to 8:30 (CST) Monday and Tuesday. However, this being a graduate class, feel free to call me anytime. I do have a full-time job during the day, but I do want to make myself more available to. Do not hesitate to contact me!

Areas of Expertise

Interdisciplinary Risk Management 

Hello and welcome to everyone taking SFTY 321. I am your instructor, Shawn Adams. I’ve taught on the full-time faculty for three other comprehensive universities, including full time at ERAU-Daytona Beach, a community college, and have taught online for three universities as well as developed curriculum for two others. Most important, although my Doctorate and first MS were from “brick-and-mortar” schools, both of my MBAs and my MSA are from online schools, just like you. Additionally, I have three professional designations, all of which required independent study. I can understand what you are going through!

My experience includes work in insurance loss control, construction safety, safety consulting while working for Lockheed Martin assigned to the Chicago SMO of the FAA, small business safety consulting, and hospital safety. I have about 40 publications in periodicals such as Professional Safety, Occupational Health and Safety, Occupational Hazards, the Risk & Insurance Newsletter, Risk Management Magazine, HR Management magazine, and other disciplines publications. I've spoke at the ASSE (now ASSP) National Conference, the Tennessee Regional Safety Council, in front of SHRM local groups, and been invited to address an international risk group regarding Hurricane Katrina. 

I am a former 1st LT, Military Police, USAR. My experience includes time as an enlisted E-1, time with a combat MP company, and service as the Training Officer (peace time)/Civil Defense (war time) Officer in a Civil Affairs unit under the JFK Special Warfare Center. 


  • Ed.D. - Doctor of Education in Supervision Curriculum and Higher Education, Texas A & M University-Commerce
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Accounting, Liberty University
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Safety Management, University of Central Missouri
  • M.B.A. - Master of Business Administration in Finance, City University of Seattle
  • M.B.A. - Master of Business Administration in Human Resource Management, City University of Seattle
  • Graduate Certificate in Taxation, Southern New Hampshire University
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice/Administration of Justice: Military Science, University of Central Missouri

SFTY 315 - Environmental Compliance and Safety

SFTY 321 - Ergonomics

SFTY 462 - Safety, Health, and Aviation Law

SFTY 580 - Environmental Protection for the Safety, Health, and Environmental Manager

7/07 to 11/08 – Safety Mgr. then (11/08) HRD to Present – VA Medical Center (Marion) 

9/06 to 7/07 – HR Specialist - Department of Energy

8/03 to 5/06 – Assistant Professor – Pittsburg State University

9/01 to 8/03 – Director of Risk Management - AdminSolutions

8/00 to 07/01- Assistant Professor - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

9/98 to 8/00 – Management Consultant - Lockheed Martin

8/94 to 7/98 - Instructor - Southeastern Oklahoma State University

10/91 to 7/94 - Corporate Risk Manager - Capital Electric Companies

7/91 to 9/91 - Manager of Safety, Health & Training - ConAgra

4/90 to 6/91 - Loss Control Representative - U.S.F. & G. Insurance Company

12/88 to 8/89 - Security Instructor - Professional Business School

Summer of 1987 – Personnel Officer – Office of the Secretary of Defense

C.P.C.U. (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter), 1995. 

PHR (Professional in Human Resources), 1993. 

A.R.M. (Associate in Risk Management), 1992.  

Who's Who Among America’s Teachers, 1996.

College of Science & Technology Faculty Research Award, 1997.

2000 2nd Place Winner – ASSE Technical Writing Competition

2004 Article Published in “Best of the Best from the 2003-2004 Newsletters”

Who's Who in the South & Southwest, 1999, & Who's Who in the World, 2000.