Bruce J. Walz Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Health Services 2011-2012 University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Award (for Excellence in Public Service)
As a leader in emergency medical services (EMS) education, Bruce J. Walz has played a crucial role in the advancement and improvement of medical response initiatives across the country.
He joined the faculty in 1987, and serves as professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Health Services, as well as adjunct professor of gerontology and chair of the Faculty Senate’s Academic Planning and Budget Committee. The department, under his leadership, prepares emergency health services professionals in Maryland and throughout the nation.
Walz has been instrumental in developing national standards for the education of emergency medical services personnel and has worked to implement those standards nationwide. He is a past president of the National Association of EMS Educators and long-standing member of the Board of Directors of Advocates for Emergency Medical Services, a national consortium of EMS organizations, and served as president, 2007-2010. He raised awareness among federal policymakers of the need for renewed federal focus on EMS and has played a major role in the development of federal legislation to strengthen and improve the delivery of EMS across the country.
In Maryland, he is a founding member of the state’s National Disaster Medical Assistance Team, a nationally registered EMT paramedic, leader in the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company and active with many state and local committees and organizations.
Walz earned his B.A. in Biology from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College), his M.A. in Human Sciences from Hood College and his Ph.D. in Agriculture and Extension Education from the University of Maryland College Park.