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John A. Staley, PhD

John A. Staley, PhD

Director of Outreach and Continuing Education
NC Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Health Policy and Managment
  • 1700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
  • Suite 344
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27514
  • CB #7502
  • UNC Chapel Hill
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7502
  • USA

Dr. Staley is the Director of Outreach and Continuing Education at the NC OSHERC with more than 19 years of experience as a preparedness and workplace health and safety practitioner and consultant. He collaborates with the first responder and military communities to improve preparedness and response education and practice, as well as conducts research on the health of vulnerable occupational groups. 

Dr. Staley has a strong commitment to identifying and implementing best pedagogical practices, and is a former Teaching Scholar, a 2016-2017 Faculty Fellow and founding faculty member of the College of Public Health at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.

Honors and Awards

University Teaching Council Teaching Development Grant Awardee

2018, Kent State University

Blackboard Exemplary Course Winner


Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellow

2016-2017, Kent State University

Teaching Scholars for Early Career Faculty

2010, Kent State University

Graduate Education Advancement Board (GEAB) Impact Award

2008, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Teaching Interests

I have extensive experience in course development having served as a founding faculty member of a fully CEPH accredited College of Public Health in Kent, Ohio. As such I developed and taught both undergraduate and graduate level public health courses in health policy and management and environmental health, covering a wide variety of topics, including public health policy and decision making, U.S. healthcare system, public health leadership, public health administration, legal aspects of public health, environmental health, and disaster preparedness and response. I have a strong passion for best pedagogical practices, and having developed award winning traditional, synchronous and asynchronous courses.

Research Activities

Public health practice and collaboration

Workforce development

Disaster preparedness and response

Public health policy making

Health care repeal and reform efforts

Environmental health 

Occupational health and safety

Practice Activities

I have a strong interest in public health practice and outreach, having conducted these activities while associate director of the Office of Public Health Practice and Partnerships in the College of Public Health at Kent State University. I have facilitated academic health department growth and collaboration with northeastern Ohio health departments and community stakeholders, and enjoy fostering collaboration among academic institutions and community and practice partners on public health issues.

Staff/Administrative Duties

As director of outreach and continuing education in the Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center, I foster learning/certification opportunities for a variety of occupational sector needs, such as fire/EMS, law enforcement, military, industrial hygienists, and safety professionals. Additionally, I foster educational opportunities for students across the following academic programs affiliated with our center: occupational exposure science, occupational health nursing, occupational epidemiology, safety and ergonomics, and occupational medicine.


PhD, Health policy and administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008

MS, Environmental health, East Carolina University, 1997

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