Assistant Professor, College of Business; Department Chair, Organizational Leadership
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Dr. Earnhardt is an Assistant Professor for Embry-Riddle’s College of Business and Program Chair for the Master of Science in Leadership. He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University in Virginia Beach and is currently working toward his Master of Science in Aeronautics. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses and is active in several professional organizations. He’s a Certified Grant Writer and Six Sigma Green Belt Certified. He is the editor of the Journal of Organizational Culture, Communication, and Conflict. Dr. Earnhardt also currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of My Quiet Cave and is actively involved with Helping Assist Nepal’s Disabled.

  • 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

  • Principles of Management
  • Graduate Leadership Capstone
  • Cases in Leadership
  • Organizational Change
  • Decision Making for Leaders
  • Leadership Communication
  • Management Skills for Leaders
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Leadership Foundations in Research

Roberts, R. A., Earnhardt, M. P. & Herron, R. (2017). Human energy maximization in a customized leadership program. Global Journal of Business Pedagogy [in press].

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

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

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

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:

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

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.


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

Earnhardt, M. P. (2009). The successful expatriate leader in China. Graziadio Business Review, 12(1). Retrieved from

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

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

Prior to Matthew working in education full time, he served in the United States Military in the intelligence field, 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 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