Associate Professor, Unit Head, Department of Professional Aviation

Louisiana Tech University

Associate Professor, Unit Head, Department of Professional Aviation

  • Institution: Louisiana Tech University
  • Location: Ruston, LA US

Associate Professor, Unit Head, Department of Professional Aviation

  • Louisiana Tech University | Ruston, LA US
  • Hourglass IconDeadline: June 18, 2022
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Job TitleAssociate Professor, Unit Head, Department of Professional Aviation

Position TypeFull Time

Job Category Faculty

Salary Range -

Location Ruston, LA US

Deadline June 18, 2022

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Job Description

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The University is seeking a Unit Head to lead our accredited collegiate aviation team. This is a 12-month, full-time faculty position that reports directly to the Dean, College of Liberal Arts.

The Department of Professional Aviation Unit Head provides leadership and oversight of the daily academic activities and Part 141 flight training operations conducted within the academic unit. The individual will work with faculty and staff to manage the Department and flight operation budgets to ensure compliance with all applicable regulatory guidelines and University policy. This individual will be responsible for approximately 6 faculty and 20+ staff. This individual will provide guidance and support toward continued reaffirmation of accreditation by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) and direction for the enhancement of the flight operations, facilities, equipment, employee training, and laboratory safety practices. The individual will also develop relationships with the aviation industry and foster opportunities to provide professional training opportunities with external partners. The Unit Head will teach five courses during the calendar year.

The Unit Head will serve as administrative and fiscal officer of the Department. He or she will represent the Department and its programs in the College as well as the University and the community at large. The Unit Head will coordinate teaching, curriculum, development, research, and service programs. The Unit Head will engage in teaching, scholarly research, outreach, and professional service activities commensurate with the position of Unit Head. He or she will serve as an effective liaison with the Dean’s office and other academic units and will engage in other assignments as determined by the Dean of the College.

The Unit Head will also serve as primary leader of Department recruitment and admissions activities and preside over the selection of candidates admitted into the B.S. Professional Aviation and B.S. Aviation Management programs. The Unit Head will be the primary liaison with student families and alumni, and serve as an ex-officio member of the Department’s Industry Advisory Board.


Master’s degree
Minimum of three (3) years in a full-time faculty role
FAR Part 141 flight instruction experience
Minimum of five (5) years as a flight instructor

Broad understanding of the aviation industry, with specific experience in flight operations
Effective communication, organization, and administrative skills
Work well under high pressure and constantly changing conditions
Ability to multi-task, collect information, analyze data, define challenges, set priorities, and draw valid conclusions in a timely manner
Excellent computer skills:  Microsoft Word and Excel especially, experience with flight operations dispatch/scheduling software preferred
No history of FAA certificate enforcement actions
Must be able to work varied hours during on and off campus events and be able to respond during aircraft emergencies.

APPLICATION: Interested and qualified persons are encouraged to send a fully detailed resume containing education, teaching and flight experience, and publications. The resume will suffice for an initial expression of interest. The review process will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.



HOW TO APPLY: A successful candidate’s complete application package will consist of a letter of application describing how their professional history qualifies them for this position, current resume, contact information for three (3) current professional references that are familiar with the professional experience and qualifications of the candidate, and copies of all required certifications.

Screening of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.

Background check required.

Louisiana Tech University is an equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Posting Close Date: This position will remain open until filled.

Note to Applicant:

Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications in their cover letter. The search committee will use this information during the initial review of application materials.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

This position may require a criminal background check to be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions at the Louisiana Tech University may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

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