Presenter Email

kiern4fd@erau.edu

Location

Jim W. Henderson Administration & Welcome Center (Bldg. #602)

Start Date

15-8-2017 3:15 PM

End Date

15-8-2017 4:45 PM

Submission Type

Presentation

Topic Area

Generational training

Keywords

flight training, generation, Millennial

Abstract

Generation is a much discussed topic in the literature on workforce training and education. The simultaneous presence of numerous generations in the workforce has created tensions, challenges, and opportunities. In collegiate flight training, the Millennial generation is giving way to the post-Millennial generation, which will bring its own learning style and priorities to the cockpit. This presentation reviews the scientific literature on generational differences, identifying which differences are actually supported by data. Demographic and economic trends, including data from the National Science Foundation’s Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System, will be combined with demonstrated generational differences in work-related attitudes and choices to discuss the implications for flight training. Future ideas for research will be explored.

Presenter Biography

Dr. Kristy Kiernan graduated from Brown University with a bachelor of science in neuroscience, then served for 13 years in the United States Coast Guard. After earning her wings, she flew Falcon 20s on search and rescue, drug interdiction, and maritime law enforcement missions in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. While in the Coast Guard, she graduated from the Navy's Aviation Safety Officer School and USC's Accident Investigation course, and served as an Aviation Safety Officer. She also taught Crew Resource Management and became an instructor pilot. Her last assignment in the Coast Guard was as the Standardization Pilot for the Falcon community. She earned her Ph.D. in Aviation from Embry-Riddle in July 2016 with a dissertation entitled "The Effect of Generation on Retention of Women in Aerospace and Industry". She is now a full time faculty member at ERAU Worldwide, and the associate chair of the Master of Science in Unmanned Systems program. Her research interests include humanitarian applications of unmanned systems, human factors in unmanned systems, and diversity in the aerospace workforce. She lives in Fairhope, Alabama with her husband and four children.

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Aug 15th, 3:15 PM Aug 15th, 4:45 PM

Understanding Generation: Implications for Flight Training, Hiring, and Retention

Jim W. Henderson Administration & Welcome Center (Bldg. #602)

Generation is a much discussed topic in the literature on workforce training and education. The simultaneous presence of numerous generations in the workforce has created tensions, challenges, and opportunities. In collegiate flight training, the Millennial generation is giving way to the post-Millennial generation, which will bring its own learning style and priorities to the cockpit. This presentation reviews the scientific literature on generational differences, identifying which differences are actually supported by data. Demographic and economic trends, including data from the National Science Foundation’s Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System, will be combined with demonstrated generational differences in work-related attitudes and choices to discuss the implications for flight training. Future ideas for research will be explored.

 

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