Matthew P Earnhardt

Associate Professor, College of Business; Associate Dean
Department of Management and Technology
College of Business

Office Hours

By Appointment

Areas of Expertise

Leadership, Management
Matthew P Earnhardt

Matthew Earnhardt is a tenured Associate Professor in the College of Business at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide. Dr. Earnhardt also serves as the Associate Dean for the College of Business. 

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 Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Liberty University.

Dr. Earnhardt’s research is primarily in the areas of leadership and management. He has contributed to leadership research in a variety of disciplines including project management, aerospace, finance and logistics and supply chain. His articles can be found in a variety of ranked journals. In addition, he has presented at a variety of conferences in the field of leadership.

Dr. Earnhardt has consulted with several for-profit companies in the areas of non-profit management, healthcare, defense and travel including three start ups and a Fortune 100 company. Prior to a career in education at several colleges and universities, Dr. Earnhardt was in the military and an analyst for Lockheed Martin Corporation. He also serves on the board of a mental health nonprofit and is an advocate for promoting mental health awareness.

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership: Global Leadership, Regent University
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Aeronautics: Aviation/Aerospace Education Technology and Aviation Aerospace Safety Systems and Aviation Aerospace Management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • M.B.A. - Master of Business Administration, Liberty University
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Liberty University

  • Certified Grant Writer - American Grant Writer's Association (AGWA)
  • Certified Grant Writer Review Course - American Grant Writer's Association (AGWA)
  • Program Development and Proposal Writing - American Grant Writer's Association (AGWA)
  • Program Development and Proposal Writing Workshop - American Grant Writer's Association (AGWA)
  • Advanced Intercultural Management - University of Dotre Dame (Mendoza College of Business)

  • OBLD 634: Leadrshp Ethics&Corp Soc Resp
  • MGMT 201: Principles of Management

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Associate 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)

Richardson, T. R., Earnhardt, M. P., Anantatmula, V.S. & Marion, J.W. (2020). Project Management: A natural career destination for military veterans. Journal of Modern Project Management, 8(1). Doi:10.19255/jmpm594

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

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  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

Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation (FIRO) Certified Practitioner

Coach Training Alliance Certified Coach (CTACC)

American Grant Writing Association Certified Grant Writer (CGW)

Six Sigma Green Belt Certified