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Assistant Professor - Aviation Institute

UNO is Nebraska's public metropolitan research university - a university with strong academic values, diverse programs and learning opportunities, and significant relationships with our community that facilitate engaged teaching and research.

Job Title
Assistant Professor - Aviation Institute

College of Public Affairs & Community Service

Essential Functions

The Aviation Institute at the University of Nebraska at Omaha ( UNO ) seeks applicants for a tenure track faculty position. A successful candidate will possess a doctorate in Aeronautical Science, Public Administration, Transportation, Business, Education, or other fields aligned with teaching and research in aviation. Candidates for the position should be able to teach undergraduate courses in the Aviation Institute’s core curriculum. Courses of value for instruction include Introduction to Airports, Airline Operations, Meteorology, Data Analytics, Airport Master Planning, General Aviation Operations, and others. The successful candidate would have a proposed research agenda that would complement our other tenured/tenure track faculty members. This could include research related to safety, human factors, diversity and inclusion, workforce development, crewed and uncrewed aircraft, and more. A successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to teach in higher education and possess strong written and oral communication skills. While not required it would be beneficial for a candidate to hold an FAA pilot and/or remote pilot certificate. ABDs will be considered but must demonstrate the capacity to complete the requirements of the doctorate prior to the August 2023 preferred start date.

UNO’s Aviation Institute is in the heart of Omaha, Nebraska and is a nationally recognized aviation program housed in the School of Public Administration, which provides a supportive and collaborative academic culture. The Institute offers a Bachelor of Science in Aviation with concentrations in Air Transport Administration, Professional Flight, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The Aviation Institute is a proud partner in workforce development initiatives with Jet Linx Aviation, Southwest Airlines Destination 225°, United Aviate, Republic Airways, Mesa Airlines, and Envoy Air. Students have an opportunity to join several organizations including Women in Aviation International, Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, Alpha Eta Rho International, and the National Gay Pilots Association, for example. Additionally, the UNO Flying Mavs compete in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association.

The University and department have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among the faculty and staff. The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. UNO is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an E-Verify employer.

Additional Duties

Provide support and services to the Aviation Institute, School, College, and University. Participate in community outreach and engagement events and activities.

Required Qualifications

Doctorate in Aeronautical Science, Public Administration, Transportation, Business, Education, or other fields aligned with teaching and research in aviation. Excellent ABD candidates may be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

Any Federal Aviation Administration Certificate(s), flight, dispatch, air traffic control, mechanic, or unmanned.

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Special Instructions to Applicants

All application materials must be submitted electronically through the UNO Employment site at including current curriculum vita, a cover letter addressing professional experience and qualifications, and the names and contact information for three references. Applicants are also encouraged to attach evidence of teaching excellence and productive scholarly research. Application review will begin February 6, 2023. Anticipated start date is August 14, 2023. The position will remain open until filled. For more information about the Aviation Institute, visit our web page at or contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Becky Lutte at or 402-554-3424.

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