Karen Jo Johnson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Aviation Technologies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She has earned a B.S. in Aviation Maintenance Technologies from Central Missouri State University and an M.S. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Karen is currently ABD in pursuit of her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. Her research focus is on the development and use of learning systems design and technologies for aviation maintenance training within the FAR Part 147 guidelines. Karen is also a Director of the Aviation Technology Education Council and the editor of their journal. Prior to her 15 years in academia, Karen spent six years as a field mechanic on Bell 206 L-1's for Air Evac Lifeteam.