Paul Foster

Adjunct Professor
Department of Graduate Studies
College of Aviation

I currently working for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an Aviation Safety Inspector (Airworthiness – Maintenance) currently assigned as the FAA Safety Team Program Manager and the OJT Program Manager.  I have been working for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as an adjunct professor for approximately 20 years, and have worked in the aviation industry as an aircraft maintenance technician, manager, and director of maintenance.  I received my aeronautics degree from ERAU more than 20 years ago and my Master of Aeronautical Science from ERAU in 2006.  I earned my Doctorate in 2003.

I have published my doctoral research in several trade and scholarly publications, the most notable being FAA Safety Briefing.  I enjoy teaching aviation and management courses because it keeps me current with issues in the field and allows me to interact with other professionals so we can learn from one another.  In my spare time (what there is of it!) I enjoy spending time with my family and researching my family history through genealogical websites. 

  • Ed.D. - Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership, Pepperdine University
  • Ed.S. - Education Specialist in General Education Administration, Troy State University
  • M.A.S. - Master of Aeronautical Science in Aviation Aerospace Management and Aviation Aerospace Safety, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • M.A. - Master of Arts in Management, Webster University
  • B. - Bachelor in Professional Aeronautics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • A. - Associate in 21BB Instructor in Technology, Community College of the Air Force
  • A. - Associate in Professional Aeronautics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • Mechanic - Federal Aviation Administration
  • Student Pilot - Federal Aviation Administration

Superintendent of Aviation/Aerospace Science Programs

Director of Maintenance

Maintenance Supervisor

Master Instructor (Aircraft Maintenance)

Aviation Maintenance Technician (A&P-IA)

​• Inspection Authorization (FAA) • FAA Mechanic Certificate (Airframe-Powerplant ratings) • Certified Government Safety Officer (World Safety Organization) • Certificated Safety Instructor-Master Level (World Safety Organization) • Certified Safety and Health Manager (Institute of Safety & Health Management) • Advanced Communicator-Silver (2014) • Advanced Communicator-Bronze (2009) • Competent Leader (CL, 2005) • Competent Toastmaster (CTM, 2004)

​FTD Instructor of the Year (1987) CTC Instructor of the Year (1987) NCOLS Speech Award (1976) Military Outstanding Performer (1988) Instructional Achievement Award (09-87/08-88)