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Dr. Rhett Yates

Dr. Rhett Yates

Associate Professor of Aviation​

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Dr. Rhett Yates is an Associate Professor at Jacksonville University where he teaches in the graduate and undergraduate aviation programs. Courses include: Airline Management, Strategies in Aviation Mgt, Intro to Aviation Mgt and Weather, and Strategic Airport Planning and Mgt. Dr. Yates is the co-advisor for the Jacksonville University Flight Team and A.A.A.E. student organizations.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Yates held a variety of guest lecturer, adjunct professor and assistant professor positions at Auburn University (Alabama), Lynn University (Florida), University of North Dakota (North Dakota) and St. Cloud State University (Minnesota). Dr. Yates also held operations management roles at Troup Air and LaGrange Callaway Airport in LaGrange, Georgia.

Dr. Yates earned his PhD in Educational Leadership from Lynn University. His dissertation research topic explored technology in collegiate aviation classrooms. His main research interest lies in curriculum development. Dr. Yates has developed courses here in the U.S. and also in Trinidad and Tobago and is currently working in South Africa. He earned his MBA from LaGrange College and his Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management & Flight Technology from the Florida Institute of Technology. Honors include: 2008 Loening Trophy (Advisor,​ Jacksonville University Flight Team), 1999-2000 Teacher Recognition Award for the College of Science and Engineering, St. Cloud State University and 2000-2001 Outstanding Student Organization Advisor, University of North Dakota.

Dr. Yates is a certified FAA pilot holding a commercial certificate with multi-engine instrument rating as well as advanced ground instructor rating.

Education & Professional Certifications

Ph.D. Educational Leadership, Lynn University

Master of Business Administration, LaGrange College

B.S. Aviation Management & Flight Technology, Florida Institute of Technology

Certified FAA pilot holding a commercial certificate with multi-engine instrument rating as well as advanced ground instructor rating.

Teaching Interests

AVM 432 Strategies in Aviation Mgt, AVM 311- Airline Mgt, AVM 102- Intro to Aviation Mgt and Weather, AVM 408- Strategic Airport Planning and Mgt

Recent Scholarship & Research

Curriculum, technology based pedagogy, and sustainability

J. Harrison, J. Merkt, J. Terrell and R. Yates (2013); Continuing efforts to upgrade the aeronautics curriculum at Jacksonville University. Journal of Case Studies in Education; Volume: 4 June 2013.

Baker, R. K., Harrison, J. Thornton, B., Yates, R. (2010). “Podcasting in Higher Education: Does it make a difference?” American Journal of Business Education, Vol. 3, No. 6, June 2010.

Yates, R. (2010). “The South Africa Project, an aviation initiative.” Journal of Research in Higher Education, Vol. 9, October 2010.