SciTech Faculty - Melissa Abbott

Abbott, Melissa
Assistant Professor of Occupational Safety
Safety Engineering Technology
B.S. Fairmont State College
M.S. West Virginia University
Ph. D. West Virginia University

I am a 1997 graduate of Fairmont State’s Safety Engineering Technology program and completed my master’s degree at West Virginia University in Occupational Hygiene and Safety in 1999. Prior to my full-time position at Fairmont State I was a Safety and Industrial Hygiene Specialist at an environmental and engineering firm for five years. I also served as an adjunct faculty member at Fairmont State during that time. I am currently completing my doctoral work at West Virginia University with plans to complete my Ph.D. in Occupational Health and Safety in summer 2007.

What have you learned while teaching at Fairmont State?: 

I have learned that it is essential to supplement student course work with “real life” experiences and opportunities. Although the basic concepts are learned in the classroom, students don’t truly understand the application of these concepts without providing them with some “real life” situations.

What do your students like best about your class?: 

I think my students enjoy the energy in my class that is presented. I try to make sure that the students enjoy the course as well as comprehend the material. For certain topics, I allow the material to dictate the course direction and speed thereby allowing for successful student comprehension. I think that the students appreciate this, thus making them feel more comfortable with the materials and the program.