- Associate Professor, College of Aviation; Worldwide Liaison for Accreditation Curriculum Chair, Department of Graduate Studies
- Kelly.George@erau.edu Email
- Department of Graduate Studies
- College of Aviation
Office Hoursby appointment, phone or Skype
Areas of Expertise
Economic Impact Studies
Undergraduate Research Programs
Dr. Whealan George serves as the Board of Trustees Faculty Representative, accreditation liaison and a faculty member in the Graduate Department in the College of Aeronautics at ERAU. Mrs. Whealan George currently teaches Economics and Statistics courses for ERAU. Dr. Whealan George has over twenty five years of teaching experience. Dr. Whealan George started teaching as a favor to a colleague. When the U.S. Navy invaded her family life and required her to move to China Lake California, she discovered ERAU and was able to continue to teach.
Dr. Whealan George graduated with a BBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University. She worked as a Banking Officer at Bank of American (formerly NCNB Texas) for two years. While completing her Masters in Economics at Southern Methodist University, she began work as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas. Her areas of research include aviation economics, sustainable aviation, international trade, corporate banking finance, the aviation, agriculture, petroleum and services industries, national income distribution, and educational economics. Dr. Whealan George published several articles in professional journals. Dr. Whealan George was responsible for authoring the Federal Reserve Bank's monthly publication Regional Economic Outlook, the Quarterly Agricultural Outlook, and other FOMC documents during her tenure at the bank.
Dr. Whealan George is married to CAPT Brent George, USN (ret). She also enjoys raising her three boys "in her free time". She attempts to make economics understandable, painless and applicable to students’ lives.
- Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Aviation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- M.A. - Master of Arts in Economics, Southern Methodist University
- B.B.A. - Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, Southern Methodist University
- RSCH 665: Statistical Anyls
Courses TaughtECON - all, MATH 222, RSCH 202 & 665
- Mechanical and Economical Consequences of Heavy Fuel Loadings for Low Cost Air Carriers Ian McAndrew (2017)
- Economic Modeling to Improve Estimates of the Benefits of Safety Management Systems Social Sciences and Economics - Worldwide
- That Used to Be Us: Through the Eyes of the Aviation Industry Social Sciences and Economics - Worldwide
- Using Secondary Evaluation to Assess Equivalency of Learning across Various Curriculum Delivery Modalities Publications
- Preventing a Boondoggle: Assuring a Short Term Research Abroad Activity is an Educative Experience Aaron D Clevenger, Ed.D.
- Preventing a Boondoggle: Assuring a Short Term Research Abroad Activity is an Educative Experience Publications
- Tailoring Program Outcomes and Assessments for your Program: A Case Study of an Economic Program Bollinger-Rosado Teaching & Learning Effectiveness Symposium Proceedings
- Collaboration Between Faculty and the Library Using OER for Curriculum Development Publications
Halawi, L.; Clarke A.; & George, K. (2022). Harnessing the Power of Analytics. Springer Publishing. https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030897116
Whealan George, K., (2021). The Global Economic Inter-relationships of the U.S. Air Transportation Services Industry using Input-Output Analysis. In Modern Perspectives in Economics, Business, and Management, B P International, https://www.bookpii.org
Dixon, Z.; Whealan George, K. and Carr, T. (2021). Catching lightening in a bottle: Surveying plagiarism futures. Online Learning Journal. (Q1, H44)
Pitcher, Spencer Erik and Whealan-George, Kelly A. (2021) Can the Timeframe of Reported UAS Sightings Help Regulators? Beyond: Undergraduate Research Journal: Vol. 4 , Article 3. https://commons.erau.edu/beyond/vol4/iss1/3
Dixon, Z.; Whealan George, K. (Dec, 2020). 166. Course Villian. Tea for Teaching. Podcast. http://teaforteaching.com/
Whealan George, K. and Dixon, Z. (2020). Uncharted communities of crowdsourced plagiarism. Journal of Academic Ethics. (Q1, H44)
Richardson, T., Whealan George, K., & Bollenbach, D. (2020). The ePortfolio selection committee – the quest for the perfect platform. In Practice and Possibilities series. Writing Across the Curriculum, University Press of Colorado, https://wac.colostate.edu/docs/books/portfolios/chapter2.pdf
Brown, M., Richardson, T., Marion, J., and George, K. (2020). Does size matter? A comparison of glass ceiling perceptions between small, medium, and large organizations. Gender in Management. GM-12-2019-0247 (Q2, H43)
Whealan George, K. and Bourdeau, D. (submitted). Is a revolution in general education really what we need?
Whealan George, K. and Casey, A. (2020). Collaboration between Faculty, Instructional Design and the Library to use all OER for Curriculum Development and Delivery. The Reference Librarian. (Q2, H21)
Whealan George, K. and Clevenger, A. (2019). Preventing a Boondoggle: Assuring a short-term research abroad activity is an educational experience. Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching and Learning. Emerald Publishing. (Q2, H29)
Whealan George, K. and Clark, P. (2019). While we were sleeping: The potential trade effects of the One Belt, One Road initiative on the aviation industry. International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, 15(2). DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2325-1115/CGP/v16i01/55-68 (Q4, H3)
Whealan George, K. (2019). The Economic impacts of private investment in commercial space industry. Space Policy. DOI: 10.1016/j.spacepol.2018.12.003 (Q2, H21)
Morsi, O. & Whealan George, K. and Clevenger, A. (2018, January). Assessment and comparison of aviation manufacturing industries throughout Mexico and Brazil. International Journal of Aviation Aeronautics and Aerospace. Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions annual conference. Lima, Peru. (Q4, H5)
Whealan George, K., Bourdeau, D., and Koursaris, C. (2017). Using secondary evaluation in assessing student learning outcomes to inform equivalency of learning across various curriculum delivery modalities. Journal of Education and Social Policy, 4(4).
Glassman, A. and Whealan George, K. (2017). A behavioral analytics approach to finding student surrogates in online classes using big data: A case study at one university. Proceedings of the International Association for Computer Information Systems.
Clark, P., Whealan George, K., and McAndrew, I. (2017). Mechanical and economic consequences of heavy fuel loadings for low cost air carriers. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Sustainable Aviation.
Whealan George, K., Clark, P., and McAndrew, I., (2017). Economic implications for emissions’ reductions with European low-cost carriers using various fueling strategies and operations. International Journal of Sustainable Aviation. 3(4), 312-324. DOI: 10.1504/IJSA.2017.090298.
Worsham, E., Clevenger, A., & Whealan George, K. (2016) STEM education discrepancy in the United States and Singapore. Beyond: Undergraduate Research Journal, 1(1) Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Daytona Beach, FL
Clark, P., Whealan George, K., and McAndrew, I. (2016). Economic implications for emissions with low-cost carriers using various fueling strategies and operations, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Sustainable Aviation Conference, Turkey.
George, K.W., & Clevenger, A.D. (2015). “Ignite: Research the SEA (Southeast Asia).” Aerospace Industry Report, edited by Materna, R. et al., 4th ed., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide, pp. 239–241.
Whealan George, K., Brady, T., McAndrew, I., Clair, R. & Price, I. (2015) Economic interrelationships and impacts of the aviation/aerospace industry in the state of Florida using input-output analysis, International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace, 2(3).
Whealan George, K. (2015). Economic interrelationships and impacts of the aviation/aerospace industry in the state of Florida using input-output analysis (2015). Dissertation. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Whealan George, K., Richardson, C. & Archer, S. (2013). The bliss point of effective learning activity mix in aviation doctoral course design using mixed methods and conjoint analysis. International Journal of Advanced Scientific Research and Technology, 3(4). pp. 441-469.
Whealan George, K., Richardson, C., & Fatokun, S. (2013). PhDinAviation Wiki-2013
Whealan George, K. (2013). The Projected U.S. economic impacts of the space industry 2030. International Journal of Management Studies, Statistics, and Applied Economics, 3(1). pp 93-110.
Royal Director of Accreditation, Assessment and Research Advancement, & Assistant Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), 1997 to present
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Dallas, TX, 1990 - 1995
Bank of America (formerly NCNBTexas), Dallas, TX, 1988-1990
Banking Officer, Corporate Credit Policy
Aramark Services (formerly ARA Leisure Services), Chicago, Il and Dallas, TX, 1985-1988
Assistant Manager of Bars and ConcessionsAdditional Experience, Chicago, IL and Dallas, TX, 1982-1985
Worked to partially finance education in various positions
- Supported traders at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange
- Daily accounting for a motel
- Marketing/promotion for a local mall
Memberships and Credentials
Royal Aeronautical Society, Fellow
Women in Aviation
Council of Undergraduate Research
Daughters of the American Revolution
Illinois State Society
International Input Output Association,
Boy Scouts of America Troop 1148,
South Riding Swim Team, South Riding, VA
Corpus Christi Catholic Mission
St. Ignatius College Prep, Chicago, IL
Awards, Honors and Recognitions
Faculty Member of the Year, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide, 2018
Award in recognition for outstanding accomplishments in teaching, scholarly activity, and service in the ERAU Worldwide Campus
Outstanding Accomplishments in Research, Latitude Award, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide, 2013
Award in recognition for outstanding accomplishments in research in the ERAU Worldwide Campus, finalist
Outstanding Accomplishments in Research, Latitude Award, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide, 2012
Award in recognition for outstanding accomplishments in research in the ERAU Worldwide Campus, finalist
Faculty Member of the Year, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide, 2010 - 2011
Award in recognition for excellence in research in the ERAU Worldwide Campus, Department of Arts and Sciences
Research Faculty Member of the Year, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2010
Award in recognition for excellence in research in the ERAU Worldwide Campus
Vance Mitchell Award, CTLE Symposium, 2007
Award in recognition for best paper/presentation at the CTLE Symposium on Assessments
Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year, Deans Award, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2006
Worldwide Dean’s award in recognition of teaching expertise, active support of ERAU program and professional development activities.
Faculty of the Year Award, Andrews Campus, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2006
Campus award in recognition of contributions to the campus and leadership in the classroom, online and University environments.
11K Award, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, 1993
Award for excellence within the Research Department for research conducted for the Federal Bank President’s Humphrey Hawkins testimony and intra-department task force.
Theron Hall Rice Leadership Award, Southern Methodist University, 1988
Award to senior student demonstrating leadership among peers, coordination of several charity events within the University Greek system.