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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Not My Problem

 Think Again!

There were 20,421 views on LinkedIn alone in response to the June 8th post Sexual Harassment in the Airline Industry as a result of Dr. Kern's article, An Honest Discussion Men Need to Have Right Now. Not to mention the thousands of views from other social media sites. If you have not read that post yet, I think you should. Dr. Kern had written his article in response to the FAA's report "Breaking Barriers for Women in Aviation."

Today is Part Two
Dr. Kern's second article: 

Dr. Kern believes there are two reasons why women don't speak out when they are sexually harassed: (1) Fear of retribution and (2) they don't want to play the victim card. Sometimes it's also easier to simply look the other way and pretend the behavior doesn't exist. Other times women think by ignoring the behavior, they are being accepted as part of the group. Furthermore, if the behavior doesn't happen to them, it's easy to believe it's not occuring at all. As I mentioned in my post Sexual Harassment in the Airline Industry, the problem may be due to the deviant behavior of management. 

If senior leadership behaves poorly, they set the example for others to follow. This behavior becomes the culture. Culture includes the norms and behaviors of everyone in the organization. But culture begins at the top. Culture also dictates who the organization will employ, which will often be the same cookie cutter selection they have always chosen. The aviation industry even has a culture of its own. 

Dr. Kern has brought to our attention that it is impossible to have a positive safety culture when sexual harassment is prevalent. He discusses the need to change and how that might happen. I do believe it's possible to change culture. But I also know what it feels like to be at the pointy end of retaliation when attempting to create change for the better. Therefore, I understand why people are reticent to come forward to create change of any kind. There is no right answer to this problem other than to start at the top. Unfortunately when a CEO is also the Chairman of the Board in an organization with a negative safety culture, that change becomes difficult to manage. Even Board members may fear retaliation if they attempt to rid themselves of the bad example. The negative culture persists.

I highly recommend you read Dr. Kern's article

Then... let's all think how to solve this problem. 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Pilot Faculty Position Available

In Puerto Rico

Inter American University 
of Puerto Rico School of Aeronautics 
needs you! 

Exciting news! A fellow ERAU PhD Aviation program graduate, Dr. Jonathan Velazquez, Dean of the School of Aeronautics at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, has reached out looking for a full time faculty position. All classes will be taught in English. The job is in Puerto Rico. And I'm thinking this could be an opportunity of a lifetime. Time is running out. You only have until August 8, 2022 to apply. Phone numbers and contact information below. 

Tenure Track Professional Pilot Faculty Position: 
The School of Aeronautics is seeking a full-time faculty member for the undergraduate Aircraft Systems Management (Professional Pilot) program. 

This is a 9-month tenure track appointment
The selected applicant should be in place by the second week of 
August 2022 for the fall 2022 semester

  • Teach courses as assigned such as: 
    • Private, instrument, commercial, and/or instructor pilot ground schools. 
    • Applied Aerodynamics  Advanced Aircraft Systems 
    • Aviation Weather 
    • Aviation Safety and Security 
    • Air Carrier Operations 
  • Advise students on academic matters and career planning. 
  • Teach selected courses in-person and via videoconferencing simultaneously. 
  • Serve on division, college, and/or university committees as assigned. 
Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Aviation or related field. 
  • FAA Advanced Ground Instructor (or Certified Flight Instructor) and Instrument Ground Instructor (or Certified Flight Instructor Instrument) certificates. 
  • Experience in fields applicable to aviation.
  • Ability to apply current instructional technology in classroom and distance learning. 

In accordance with the current salary scale for teaching staff of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. 

To Apply: 

Send your job application, self-identification forms (Veterans and People with Disabilities), Resume, Letter of Intent and academic credentials and Vaccination Certificate (full cycle) against COVID-19 to: 

Inter American University of Puerto Rico, 
Bayamon Campus, 500 
Dr. John Will Harris Rd., 
Bayamón, PR 00957. 

Apply by August 8, 2022

You may obtain the documentation necessary at 

Due to the COVID-pandemic, applications can be sent to the following email addresses (as long as the documentation is also sent via regular mail):

If you have any questions, you may call the Human Resources Office at
 787-279-1912, ext. 2056

All the best!
Enjoy the Journey! 
XO Karlene