Parker Northrup

Title
Department Chair of Flight, Assistant Professor of Aeronautical Science
Email
Department
Flight Department
College
College of Aviation - Campus

Office Hours

0800-1600 M-F

Areas of Expertise

Military and civilian aviation education and training; Leadership; Strategic Planning; National Security with a focus on Airpower application; Change Management; Technology Insertion; 
Parker Northrup


Led and managed diverse organizations, from small teams to greater than 1K subordinates, including US and International citizens, while working at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (Prescott, AZ), in the Department of Defense and for United States Agency for International Development (Ukraine Mission). Internationally experienced professional who transitioned to civilian education and training environments after more than two decades of military service.  Maintaining flight instructor certifications in aviation community and providing instruction in leadership and national security online for mid-career and senior federal employees. 


  • M.S. - Master of Science in National Security Strategy, National Defense University
  • M.A. - Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Louisiana Tech University
  • M. - Master in Airpower Art and Science, Air University
  • M. - Master in Military Operational Art and Science, Air University

  • Flight Instructor - Federal Aviation Administration
  • Commercial Pilot - Federal Aviation Administration

The Air Operations Center as a Weapons System: Thinking at the Operational Level of War, The War College Series, 23 Feb 2015.

2017 -- present; Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

2015 -- 2017 United States Agency for International Development (Ukraine Mission)

1988 -- 2012 United States Air Force


Air Force Association -- Faculty Adviser (ERAU)

United States Air Force Academy Association of Graduates – Life Member

Order of Daedalians (Fraternal Organization of Military Pilots) – Life Member

Mensa – Life Member

Commemorative Air Forces--Colonel


Awarded eight Department of Defense commendations for superior achievement and overall excellence in performance of duties.

Awarded two Air Force level recognition ribbons for achievements in aircrew training and combat operations. 

Awarded 1996 Le May Trophy—recognized for most meritorious annual aviation event in USAF. Commanded one of two B-52s that set, at that time, the American record for the longest distance flown on a combat mission.