Faculty and Staff


Distinguished Teaching Award

Each year Western Michigan University recognizes outstanding teaching by awarding one or more Distinguished Teaching Awards. The Selection Committee invites you to nominate a faculty member you believe should be considered for this award. For more info visit Distinguished Teaching Award Criteria.

College of Aviation faculty members bring extensive experience in aviation education and the aviation industry to the classroom. Their backgrounds include experience in flight, maintenance, manufacturing, technology and management. They have worked with organizations such as NASA, the U.S. Air Force, the Air National Guard, Beech Aircraft, Cessna Aircraft, Learjet Corporation and Parker ABEX, NWL Aerospace. Several faculty members have extensive flight experience in the transport category and in jet aircraft with ATP and CFI ratings. Others have extensive maintenance experience in both general aviation and the airline industry.

In addition to teaching activities, faculty members are actively engaged in research on some of the top aviation issues of the age including: Crew resource management, Harmonization of American and European credential requirements, Aviation safety and culture and Human factor causes of airplane accidents.

Faculty research is applied directly to improvements and innovations in the College of Aviation's training and academic programs. It is also shared with other schools, training facilities, and industry experts in order to make advancements in flight science and training and to enhance the College of Aviation's reputation in the field of aviation.


Advisory Board

The College of Aviation Advisory Board is comprised of aviation professionals who have agreed to devote their time and share their expertise with the college. Board members advise the college on such issues as industry trends, career placement, and provide industry focus. Each program taught in the college is represented by one or more members of the advisory board. In some cases, board members cover more than one area of expertise.

Dean Dave Powell - Office of the Dean

George Franklin, President
Franklin Public Affairs
WMU CoA Advisory Board Chair

Sidney Adams, Commissioner (Retired)
MDOT Aeronautics Commission

Tim Beuschel, Chief Pilot
Kellogg Corporate Aviation

Jeff Breneman, Sr. Vice President
mCapitol Management

Dave Bushy, President and COO
Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines

Boyd Falconer, Ph.D., Executive VP and Managing Director
DHR International

Dustin Fiddler, Pilot
Alticor Inc.

John Gauch, Vice President
Gulf Coast Avionics Corp.

Albert Glenn, Captain
Fed Ex

Jason Griswold, Managing Director
Brown Aviation Leasing

Greg Hamelink, Chief of Maintenance
Stryker

Russell Kavalhuna, Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division
United States Department of Justice

Rick Maloney, President & CEO (retired)
Pentastar Aviation

Doug Mann, Director, Line Maintenance - DTW
Delta Air Lines

Justin Merkling, Manager, Engine Services
Duncan Aviation - BTL

Bill Ross, Director, Product Support and Mattituck Services
Continental Motors Inc.

Adrienne Stevens, President
Notions Marketing

Christopher Swan, CF34 Product Support Engineering
GE Aviation

John Wicht, Engineering and Certification Manager
Rapco, Inc.


Updated October 24, 2013


For information about the current advisory board, please email tracey.henry@wmich.edu, or contact the dean's office at 269-964-4544.

College of Aviation
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