I am a teacher that makes a sharp distinction between "training" and "educating". While I can train a seal to balance a ball on the end of its nose, I cannot help it appreciate the beauty of Athena Nike, the mathematical symmetry of the Parthenon or the astronomical achievements of the peoples of ancient Mesopotamia or Egypt. My job as an effective educator is to spark wonder about the world in my students. That is true education.
I note that I often teach American, European and sometimes even world history in short segments as well as in reverse time. That is, I may begin with those things (i.e. places, events, technologies, etc.) the student is most familiar with at the present and work backward in time. In this way I hope to show the student that most things under the sun are not new, but result from an accumulation of knowledge that preceded them. This also tends to help younger students better relate to the passage of time because they can see that many things they know or experience are really not so ancient after all.
I am a recently retired educator who taught for thirty years in secondary (high school), post secondary (university) and commercial/business environments. I envision history and related subjects such as anthropology as the story of everything - from the formation of the universe, to the appearance of life on the planet to the rise and progress of civilizations and the arts and sciences associated with them.
All outgoing mileage (e.g. to instruction site) will be charged at $.50 per mile, which is slightly less than the current federal mileage reimbursement of $.58 per mile. There is currently no charge for return mileage (e.g. from instruction site to home location) as long as instruction site is within 30 mile radius of home location.
James M. Murray
Education and Environmental professional with 30 years’ experience in secondary/post-secondary school instruction (history, anthropology, earth science, geology) as well as private sector assessment and resolution of environmental issues. Related university level course design and instruction experience in environmental sciences, geology and urban planning.
RELEVANT EMPLOYMENT/WORK HISTORY
Environmental Health and Safety Manager: Lhoist North America, Las Vegas, Nevada
March 2014 – September, 2015
Primary Responsibilities: Management of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) department at Lhoist North America (Lhoist) limestone mining and processing facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. Specific responsibilities included design and delivery of all Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) awareness, initial and refresher training; tracking and reporting of all safety incidents/injuries; managing all aspects of Workers Compensation claims; insuring continuous compliance with state and federal environmental regulations associated with Title V air emissions and RCRA/CERCLA hazardous waste storage, disposal and remedial activities.
Environmental Health and Safety Manager: Simplot Silica Products, Overton, Nevada
February 2012 – March, 2014
Primary Responsibilities: Management of EHS department at Simplot Silica Products (Simplot) sand mining and processing facility in Overton, Nevada. Specific responsibilities included design and delivery of all MSHA training; tracking and reporting of all safety incidents/injuries; managing Workers Compensation claims; providing off-site safety training to municipal (i.e. fire department, municipal electric, potable and wastewater service providers) and private agencies regularly working at/servicing the mine. Additionally, insuring compliance with state and federal environmental regulations associated with Title V air emissions and RCRA/CERCLA hazardous waste storage, disposal and remedial activities.
Manager Environmental Services: Canōpus Environmental Group, Inc., Ypsilanti, Michigan
2001 – August, 2011
Primary Responsibilities: Company project, personnel and finance management; marketing; delivering public presentations; managing brownfield site redevelopment activities; preparing Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety audits and environmental regulatory compliance audits (ERCAs); conducting federal Title V air emissions assessments and preparing related permit/compliance documents; conducting Environmental Assessments (EAs); preparing Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and wetland assessments; and preparing Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWP3 and Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans for commercial/industrial clients.
James M. Murray
Adjunct Lecturer: Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan
1992 - 2001
Primary Responsibilities: University undergraduate and graduate level instruction in cultural anthropology, western civilizations, earth science and plate tectonics. Additional structured tutoring duties in historical geology and weather/climate.
Secondary Teacher: Ypsilanti Area Public Schools, Ypsilanti, Michigan and Van Buren Public Schools, Belleville, Michigan
1990 - 2001
Primary Responsibilities: Secondary (High School) instruction in history (ancient civilizations/American history), earth science, literature and art history.
EDUCATION/ADDITIONAL RELEVANT TRAINING
BS (Secondary Education), Eastern Michigan University
MA (concentration in earth science and geology), Eastern Michigan University
ISO 14001 EMS Advanced Lead Auditor Training/Certification
U.S. EPA and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Seminar Training on Nuclear Waste Policy Act, 42 U.S.C. § 10101 et seq.
MSHA Training, 30 CFR Parts 1 – 199, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and Cincinnati, Ohio
Certified Confined Space Rescue Worker, University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio
OSHA 30 Training
Accredited Asbestos Inspector
U.S. Navy, Nuclear Submarine Base (Subron 14) Holy Loch, Scotland
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