Aviation, Assistant Professor (AA24002)

Division: Academic Affairs

Department: Education, College of

Unit: Aviation209, IFO

Location: Mankato

FLSA: Exempt

Employment Condition: Probationary

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on October 20, 2022 and go until the position has been filled.

POSITION: Tenure-Track (Probationary*)

Salary Type: Depends on qualifications

Bargaining Unit/Plan: 209, IFO

Job Description:

This probationary faculty member is requested to meet the demands of a robust and growing aviation program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The additional teaching demands are being experienced at all levels of the program. This faculty position should expect to teach both entry level courses as well as the more advanced, senior level courses in professional flight, but also in aviation management, if required.

• A typical faculty workload responsibility may include up to twenty four (24) credits of instruction per academic year.

• The successful candidate may need to teach in other areas as assigned and qualified.

• May be expected to develop and deliver face-to-face, hybrid, and on-line instruction at the Mankato campus, online, and/or at the university’s additional locations, as assigned.

• The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues in curriculum design, instruction and evaluation, conduct research productively and mentor students in research, help create innovative strategies for student recruitment, retention, and completion, and may be expected to develop external grant funding opportunities.

• All faculty members are expected to engage in scholarly or creative activity or research, in continuing preparation and study, in contributing to student growth and development, and in providing service to the university and community (See Article 22 and Appendix G of the https://admin.mnsu.edu/human-resources/our-benefits/bargaining-units-and-personnel-plans/http://www.mnsu.edu/hr/bargaining.html.

• Teach courses in undergraduate Aviation program, including Aviation Management courses.

• Teach standard teaching load of 24 credits per academic year with demonstrated competence in professional pilot and management areas of specialization.

• Engage in research/scholarship and service.

• This positions will advise undergraduate students.

• Contribute to program and course development, including assessment of student learning.

• Participate in Aviation Department activities including student recruitment, retention and completion and maintaining Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) accreditation.

Required Qualifications:

• M.S. in Aviation, Aerospace, Aviation Management, Aeronautics, or closely related field (Conferred on an official transcript by the time of hire)

• Ground or Flight Instructor Certificate (Conferred within one year of hire).

• Demonstrated professional experience or research competence

• Demonstrated ability to serve a diverse population and apply an equity lens to this position including social justice and/or anti-racism.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse working and learning environment.

• Demonstrated effective written, oral communication and/or presentation skills.

• Doctoral degree in Aviation, Aerospace, Aviation Management, Aeronautics, DBA, JD or closely related field.

• Preparation for and demonstrated competence in teaching in Aviation Management

• Professional Pilot and/or instructor pilot experience.

• Demonstrated ability to teach the courses listed below, along with additional courses depending on the department’s needs: Aviation Management, Aviation Safety, Aviation Human Factors, Advanced Aircraft Systems, Private, Instrument, or Commercial Ground Courses, Aviation Law, Flight Operations, Airline Operations, Aeromedical Factors.

• Demonstrated ability to use technology, develop, and deliver hybrid and online courses.

• Demonstrated willingness to work individually and collaboratively as a member of a team.

• Demonstrated willingness to participate in accreditation, program review, and/or assessment processes.

• Demonstrated commitment to continued professional development.

• Creative or scholarly interests that will advance the mission and goals of the Aviation department at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Other Requirements:

Work safely at all times, which includes but is not limited to, participating and completing all required safety trainings, as well as performing all job tasks in accordance with Minnesota State University, Mankato policies and procedures utilizing appropriate tools, equipment and personal protective equipment.


The Aviation department at Minnesota State University, Mankato offers the only AABI accredited 4-year BS in Aviation in Minnesota enjoying a diverse population of approximately 600 undergraduate students. The program includes an emphasis in Professional Flight, Aviation Management, or Aeronautics with the majority of students pursuing the Professional Flight emphasis. We have an active partnership with North Star Aviation located at the Mankato Regional Airport for FAA Part 141 flight training and utilize, in addition to single and multi-engine aircraft, Redbird and jet flight simulators as part of the Professional Flight training.

University Demographics Minnesota State University, Mankato is a member of the Minnesota State system. Minnesota State has established a strategic vision, Equity 2030, which aims to close the educational equity gaps across race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, and geographic location by the end of the decade at every Minnesota State college and university and to provide an opportunity for all Minnesotans to create a better future for themselves, for their families, and for their communities. The focus of the work includes:· Enhancing access and student success.· Providing Minnesota with the talent it needs.· Anchoring the communities and regions we serve.

Equity 2030 seeks to bridge efforts occurring within divisions and institutions, creating an intentional statewide culture of equity-minded collaboration and resulting in equitable practice embedded throughout our institutions. The full Equity 2030 plan is linked here. https://www.minnstate.edu/Equity2030/index.html Minnesota State University, Mankato has identified five broad themes as our basis for discussion in developing our next comprehensive strategic plan. The themes are Serving Students and Managing Enrollment, Focusing our Resources, Offering an Exceptional Student Experience, Caring for Health and Well-Being, and Ensuring a Welcoming, Equitable, and Inclusive University. We seek to attract teacher-scholars who will be culturally and academically diverse faculty members, and staff with a demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. Minnesota State University, Mankato, is student-centered and focuses on applied research that expands knowledge; improves learning; and serves the region, state, and nation.

Founded as a Normal School in 1868, Minnesota State University, Mankato is now the second largest university in Minnesota with a tradition of combining big-ideas with real-world thinking to find solutions for pressing problems in the state, region, and global society. Mankato, Minnesota, is a community of nearly 44,500 people, about 85 miles southwest of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The University acknowledges the land and the tribal nations upon this land whose work is being accomplished. We acknowledge that we are on Dakota land. We also take the opportunity to recognize that we live, work, and learn in the homeland of the Dakota people, whose language frames our name—Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Serving approximately 14,000 students annually, the University is an applied research institution, with more than 200 academic programs, from bachelor’s through doctoral degrees. The University is a diverse and global campus with 18% students of color and 1,175 + international students from 95 countries, cutting-edge information technology solutions and extensive partnerships. With 1,600 faculty and staff, including 700 teaching faculty. The University has additional locations and a growing number of on-line programs to accelerate educational access and opportunity. These locations include partnerships in northern Minnesota’s the iron range region. Fast facts about the university can be found here: https://mankato.mnsu.edu/about-the-university/fast-facts/

To apply for this position, please continue the process via this website: https://minnesotastate.peopleadmin.com/ A complete online application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.

• Cover Letter
• Non-Photo Resume/Curriculum Vitae
• Contact Information for three (3) references
• Unofficial Transcript(s) of your highest completed degree
• A brief (no more than one-page) diversity statement defining diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and describing your views and actions toward advancing DEI including dimensions of social justice and racial equity related to race, gender, ability and culture. How would your views and prior actions regarding diversity, equity and inclusion align with Minnesota State University, Mankato’s goals?

Tom Peterson
TTY: 800-627-3529 or 711
Email: thomas.peterson@mnsu.edu

*Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization which can be found at: https://admin.mnsu.edu/human-resources/our-benefits/bargaining-units-and-personnel-plans/.

NOTICE: In accordance with the Minnesota State Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, employees driving on college/university business who use a rental or state vehicle shall be required to conform to MN State’s vehicle use criteria and consent to a Motor Vehicle Records check.

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available for your review. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for the University. The policy statements address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security. Three years’ worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on-campus, or in other University affiliated locations. This report is available online at: http://www.mnsu.edu/safety/ You may also request a paper copy from University Security at 507-389-2111, or by emailing security@mnsu.edu

Benefits Info:

The following link provides a brief overview of benefits available to eligible employees of Minnesota State University.

Select the IFO Summary (Faculty) link from the list for specifics of that plan.


Posting Number: M262M

Re-posting: No

Number of Vacancies: 1

Desired Start Date: 08/14/2023

Open Date: 09/29/2022

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions Summary:

To apply, visit https://apptrkr.com/3513136

Minnesota State University, Mankato has a long-standing commitment to diversity and is actively seeking to nurture and enrich its underrepresented communities. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to accept work in the United States. Requests for reasonable accommodation of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Office of Human Resources, 507-389-2015 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS /TTY ). This Vacancy Notice is available in alternative format upon request. Minnesota State University, Mankato is an affirmative action/equal opportunity University and is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.