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John Cain

Emeritus Faculty | College of Aeronautics

Personal Overview

Successful higher education professor and administrator. Successful leader in world-wide aviation operations and aviation management. Twenty-six years experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in a doctoral university’s campus and international aeronautical science and aviation management programs. Sixteen years experience as Dean (acting), Associate Dean, and Program Chair, managing the College of Aeronautics and developing curriculum for a Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI)-accredited, Federal Aviation Administration-approved aeronautical science and aviation management programs. Strong in computer applications and instructional technology.

Educational Background

B.S. Auburn University
M.S. University of Northern Colorado
Ph.D. Florida Institute of Technology

Professional Experience

Dr. Cain is an associate professor of aeronautical science and aviation management. He has over 50 years in aviation, including extensive, worldwide flying, educational, and managerial experience. He is an FAA Air Transport Pilot and a U.S. Air Force Command Pilot with more than 4,000 hours of flying time in 19 different civil and military aircraft, predominately high-performance jet aircraft. He was an instructor pilot at the U.S. Air Force Top Gun school and has more than 25 years of experience developing curriculum and instructing aviation science and aviation management academics. Dr. Cain has also been a senior manager in aviation positions responsible for policy formulation, training, scheduling, dispatching, evaluation and safety.

Additional Duties

  • Chair, CoA Academic Assessment and Institutional Compliance Committee
  • Administrator, Panama Aviation Educational Partnership
  • Dean (acting)(past)
  • Associate Dean (past)
  • Assistant Dean (past)
  • Aviation Studies Division Director (past)
  • Undergraduate Program Chair (past)
  • Aeronautical Science Program Chair (past)
  • Graduate Program Chair (past)
  • Air Traffic Control Program Manager (past)
  • Chair, CoA Graduate Committee (past)
  • Chair, CoA Curriculum Committee (past)

Selected Publications

Cain, J. H. (1999). Simulation-based learning ...: A case study at NASA's Classroom of the Future (Doctoral dissertation, Florida Institute of Technology, 1999). Dissertation Abstracts International, 61 (01A), 142.

Cain, J. H. (2000). Best Practices in Instructional Technology. Presentation at Instructional Technology Workshop, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL.

Cain, J. H. (1997). Assessment Alternatives. Presentation at Teachers Workshop, Center for Educational Technologies, NASAs Classroom of the Future, Wheeling-Jesuit University, WV.

Wilt, D. F., Shea, M. W., & Cain, J. H. (in press). PCATD uses beyond the IFR trainer: An innovative method for learning. Proceedings of the 3rd NAFI Flight Instructor Conference. Oshkosh, WI.

Published employment concepts, instructional materials, and manuals for world-wide, military distribution on jet aircraft systems, maximum performance maneuvering, and advanced aircraft applications.

Published two military aircraft accident reports.

Recognition & Awards

Faculty Excellence Award College of Aeronautics

Selected for NASA’s prestigious Doctoral Intern Program at the Center for Educational Technologies, Classroom of the Future, Wheeling-Jesuit University.

NASA Faculty Fellowship

Air Transport Pilot

Advanced Ground Instructor

Instrument Ground Instructor

USAF Distinguished Flying Cross

USAF Air Medals (5)

USAF Meritorious Service Medal


Airport noise modeling

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