Assistant Professor, College of Business; Department Chair, Organizational Leadership
Department of Organizational Leadership
Worldwide College of Business
Worldwide campus

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By Appointment

Areas of Expertise

Leadership


Matthew Earnhardt is a tenure track, Assistant Professor of Leadership in the College of Business at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide. Dr. Earnhardt is the Chair of the Department of Organizational Leadership and previously served as the Assistant Program Chair and Program Chair for the Master of Science in Leadership Program.

Dr. Earnhardt has a Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Global Leadership from Regent University’s School of Business and Leadership; a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Liberty University. Additionally, he is finishing a Master of Science in Aeronautics with specializations in Aviation/Aerospace Education Technology, Human Factors in Aviation Systems, Aviation/Aerospace Safety Systems, Aviation/Aerospace Operations, and Aviation/Aerospace Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Dr. Earnhardt’s research is in the areas of project management, aviation and aerospace management, complex adaptive leadership, leadership behaviors, and critical thinking. He is a prolific researcher with articles published in the International Journal of Leadership and Change, Journal of Modern Project Management, Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace, International Leadership Journal, Graziadio Business Review, Academy of Educational Leadership Journal, Sage Open, Journal of Biblical Integration in Business, Organisational Project Management, Emerging Leadership Journeys, and Leadership Advance Online. He has also taught, presented, and conducted workshops at several high profile conferences including the International Leadership Association Global Conference, AACSB Assessment Conference, Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace International Research Conference, and the Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking and Educational Reform.

Prior to a career in education at several colleges and universities, Dr. Earnhardt was a military veteran and an analyst for Lockheed Martin Corporation.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership: Global Leadership, Regent University
  • M.B.A. - Master of Business Administration in Business Administration, Liberty University
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Liberty University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Assistant Professor, 2013-present


Foundations in Leadership (online modality; August 2013, August 2014, March 2016, August 2016; August 2018)

Leadership Communication (online modality; March 2014)

Social Responsibility and Ethics Management (online modality; August 2014)

Cases in Leadership (online modality; October 2014; October 2016)

Graduate Leadership Capstone (online modality; October 2014)

Principles of Management (online modality; August 2015)

Management Skills for Leaders (online modality; March 2013, August 2015, August 2016)

Leading High Performance Teams (online modality; October 2013, October 2015)

Decision Making for Leaders (online modality; January 2016)

Organizational Leadership (online modality; August 2013, January 2014; August 2017)

Organizational Change (online modality; August 2017)


Roberts, R. A., Earnhardt, M. P. & Herron, R. (2017). Human energy maximization in a customized leadership program. Global Journal of Business Pedagogy, 1(3), 64-77.


Watkins, D. V., Earnhardt, M. P., Pittenger, L. M., Roberts, R. A., Rietsema, K. W. & Cosman-Ross, J. (2017). Thriving in complexity: A framework for leadership education. Journal of Leadership Education, 16(4), 148-163. doi: 1012806/V16/I4/T4


Walker, S. M., Earnhardt, M. P., Newcomer, J. M., Marion, J. W. & Tomlinson, J. C. (2016). Crisis leadership during the great recession of 2008. International Journal of Leadership and Change, 4(1), 5-12. Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijlc/


Marion, J. M., Richardson, T. M., Earnhardt, M. P. (2016). Project execution: A research agenda to explore the phenomenon. Journal of Modern Project Management, 4(1), 71-78. Retrieved from http://journalmodernpm.com/index.php/jmpm/article/view/177


Kevorkian, M. M., Rodriguez, A., Earnhardt, M. P., Kennedy, T. D., D’Antona, R., Russom, A. G. & Borror, J. (2016). Bullying in elementary schools. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 9(2). doi: 10/1007/s40653-016-0085-0


Watkins, D. V., Newcomer, J. M., Earnhardt, M. P., Marion, J. W., Opengart, R. A., & Glassman, A. M. (2016). A cross-sectional investigation of the relationships education, certification, and experience have with knowledge, skills, and abilities among aviation professionals. International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace, 3(1). doi:10.15394/ijaaa.2016.1101


Earnhardt, M. P., Richardson, T. M., & Marion, J. W. (2015). Project leadership: An emerging phenomena. International Leadership Journal, 7(2), 104-125. Retrieved from

http://www.tesc.edu/documents/ILJ_Summer_2015.pdf


Glassman, A. M., Newcomer, J. M., Earnhardt, M. P., Opengart, R. A., Watkins, D. M., & Marion, J. W. (2015). Validating the knowledge, skills, and abilities composite measure: An aviation industry pilot study. International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace, 2(3). doi:10.15394/ijaaa.2015.1067


Walker, S. M., & Earnhardt, M. P. (2015). Sustaining an organization in the midst of chaos: Using the interconnected nature of systems to effectively respond to crises. Graziadio Business Review, 18(1). Retrieved from: http://gbr.pepperdine.edu/2015/06/sustaining-an-organization-in-the-midst-of-chaos/


Watkins, D. V. & Earnhardt, M. P. (2015). Developing critical thinking within a Master of Science in Leadership program. Academy of Educational Leadership Journal, 19(1), 184-194.


Richardson, T. M., Earnhardt, M. P., & Marion, J. W. (2015). Is project management still an accidental profession? A qualitative study of career progression. Sage Open, 5(1), 1-10. doi:10.1177/2158244015572098


Earnhardt, M. P. (2014). Romans 12 motivational gifts in the military: An exploration of person job fit, job performance, and job satisfaction. Journal of Biblical Integration in Business, 17(1), 59-72. Retrieved from http://www.cbfa.org/JBIB_vol17_inside_rev-final.pdf


Earnhardt, M. P., Newcomer, J. M., Watkins, D. V., & Marion, J. W. (2014). An inquiry into the aviation management education paradigm shift. International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace, 1(4). doi:10.15394/ijaaa.2014.1037


Marion, J. W., Richardson, T. M., & Earnhardt, M. P. (2014). Project manager insights: An analysis of career progression. Organisational Project Management, 1(1), 53-72.

doi:10.5130/opm.v1i1.3949


Newcomer, J. M., Marion, J. W., & Earnhardt, M. P. (2014). Aviation managers’ perspective on the importance of education. International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace, 1(2). doi:10.15394/ijaaa.2014.1014


Earnhardt, M. P. (2009). Identifying the key factors in the effectiveness and failure of virtual teams. Leadership Advance Online, XVI. Retrieved from http://www.regent.edu/acad/global/publications/lao/issue_16/LAO_IssXVI_Earnhardt.pdf


Earnhardt, M. P. (2009). The successful expatriate leader in China. Graziadio Business Review, 12(1). Retrieved from http://gbr.pepperdine.edu/2010/08/the-successful-expatriate-leader-in-china/


Earnhardt, M. P. (2008). Testing a servant leadership theory among United States military members. Emerging Leadership Journeys, 1(2), 14-24. Retrieved from

http://www.regent.edu/acad/global/publications/elj/vol1iss2/ELJ_V1Is2_Earnhardt.pdf


Earnhardt, M. P. (2007). Practical application of five leadership theories on a U.S. naval vessel. Leadership Advance Online, XI. Retrieved from http://www.regent.edu/acad/global/ publications/lao/issue_11/earnhardt.htm


Prior to Matthew working in education full time, he served in the United States Military  and as an analyst for Lockheed Martin. Upon leaving Lockheed Martin, Matthew taught at several colleges and universities before coming to ERAU in 2013. Matthew serves on several non-profit boards, has served as a consultant for several companies and is active in his community.


Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certified Practitioner

American Grant Writing Association Certified Grant Writer (CGW)

Six Sigma Green Belt Certified