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Merrill Karp

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Emeritus Professor
Biography: 

Ron Karp is an Emeritus Professor in aviation with the aeronautical management technology program in the Polytechnic School at Arizona State University. When joining ASU in 1994, he developed, and then managed, the ASU Mesa Air Group Airline Bridge Training Program; this unique airline-focused aviation education and flight training program uses high-fidelity motion-based and fixed-based simulators and scenario-based training to prepare graduates for immediate hiring by the airlines. Karp received his doctorate in administration and management from Walden University in1996. He is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel with more than 27 years of service. While in the Air Force, Karp flew the F-4 and the F-16 and held multiple senior leadership positions, including being the Fighter Wing Commander of F-4G Wild Weasels in Operation Desert Storm.

Karp is active in the University Aviation Association (UAA) and served on the Board of Trustees for two years; additionally he was the chair of the UAA Flight Simulation Committee.He was previously the chair of the East Campus Academic Programs Committee and the chair of the Polytechnic Campus Personnel Committee. 

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Aviation Education and Training, Walden University 1996
  • M.A. Business Management & Supervision, Central Michigan University 1975
  • B.S. Aeronautical Technology, Arizona State University 1967
Research Interests: 

Application of Scenario-Based Training and Learning Style Theories in Simulator Training; Enhancing Aircrew Multi-TaskingPerformance; Aviation Computer-Based and Game-Based Training; Cockpit/CrewResource Management/Aviation Human Factors; and Electronic Flight InformationSystems/Glass Cockpits/Flight Management Systems.

Publications: 
  • Merrill Karp. Airline pilot training: A University to regional airlines bridge training model. International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies (2004).
  • Karp, Merrill R (Author) . Learning style preferences affect training outcomes. Tapping diverse talent in aviation: Culture, gender, diversity (2004).
  • Karp, Merrill R (Author) ,Turney, M A (Author) . Making everyone part of the team. Tapping diverse talent in aviation: Culture, gender, diversity (2004).
  • M Turney, J Bishop, Merrill Karp, Mary Niemczyk, R Sitler, M Green. National survey results: Retention of Women in Collegiate Aviation. Journal of Air Transportation (2002).
  • Merrill Karp, M Turney, M Green, R Sitler, J Bishop, M Niemczyk. Retaining women in collegiate aviation programs: Implementing learning style considerations. International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies (2002).
  • Merrill Karp, M Turney, M Green, R Sitler, J Bishop, Mary Niemczyk. Retaining women in collegiate aviation by implementing learning style considerations. Collegiate Aviation Review (2002).
  • Merrill Karp. University Aviation Education: An integrated model. Collegiate Aviation Review (2000).
Research Activity: 
  • Turney,Mary Ann*, Karp,Merrill R. MAXIMIZING RETENTION OF WOMEN STUDENTS ENROLLED IN COLLEGIATE AVIATION PORGRAMS. EMBRY RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIV(9/1/1999 - 8/31/2003).
  • Turney,Mary Ann*, Karp,Merrill R. MAXIMIZING RETENTION OF WOMEN STUDENTS ENROLLED IN COLLEGIATE AVIATION PROGRAMS. SLOAN (ALFRED P) FDN(2/1/1999 - 12/31/1999).
Service: 
  • University Aviation Association (UAA) Board of Trustees, Education Member (2004 - Present)
  • Federal Aviation Administration Rulemaking committee, Member (2003 - Present)
  • Personnel Committee, Aeronautical Management Technology Department, Chair (2003 - Present)
  • University Aviation Association (UAA) Simulation Committee, Chair (2003 - Present)
  • Airline Bridge Training Program Selection Committee, Chair (2002 - Present)
  • College of Technology and Applied Sciences Personnel Committee, Member (2001 - Present)
  • College of Technology and Applied Sciences, Undergraduate Program and Core Curriculum Committee, Member (2001 - Present)
  • Academic Evaluation/Scholarship Committee, Aeronautical Management Technology Department, Member (2000 - Present)
  • Accreditation Committee, Aeronautical Management Technology Department, Member (2000 - Present)
  • Air Force Association, Member (2000 - Present)
  • Alpha Eta Rho--national aviation fraternity, Member (2000 - Present)
  • Graduate Curriculum Committee, Aeronautical Management Technology Department, Member (2000 - Present)
  • Industry Advisory Board, ASU Aeronautical Management Technology Department, Member (2000 - Present)
  • Marketing/Retention Committee, Aeronautical Management Technology Department, Member (2000 - Present)
  • Order of Daedalians--international fraternity of military pilots, Member (2000 - Present)
  • Personnel Committee, Aeronautical Management Technology Department, Member (2000 - Present)
  • Policy Committee, Aeronautical Management Technology Department, Member (2000 - Present)
  • Publication, Aviation Education, and Flight Education Committees, University Aviation Association, Member (2000 - Present)
  • The Doctorate Association of New York Educators, Member (2000 - Present)
  • Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Aeronautical Management Technology Department, Chair (2000 - Present)
  • ASU Polytechnic Campus Personnel Committee, Chair (2003 - 2005)
  • ASU- Polytechnic Campus Faculty Assembly Executive Committee, Member (2000 - 2005)
  • ASU East Vice Provost's Action Committee (VPAC), Member (2000 - 2002)
  • ASU Polytechnic Campus Academic Programs Committee (ECAPC), Chair (2000 - 2002)
  • East Campus Academic Programs Committee (ECAPC), Member (2000 - 2002)
  • Arizona State University Career Services Advisory Board, Member (2000 - 2001)