St. Cloud State University



Dr. Tara L. Harl-ATP

 Department Chair

Coordinator Business Aviation & Internship Programs

                         Associate Professor of Aviation


Contact Information:

  • 720 4th Ave. S. - Headley 107
    St. Cloud, MN 56301
  • Phone: Direct (320) 308-4167 Main Office: 320 308-2107
  • Fax: (320) 308-5122
  • Email:
  • Dr. Harl’s Office Hours


Business Aviation Management & Flight, CFI, Minorities in Aviation



  • Doctorate in Leadership Development           St. Mary's University of Minnesota  
  • Masters in Aerospace Education                   Middle Tennessee State University 
  •  B.S. Aviation Management                           University of Dubuque                     
  • A.A.                                                             College of Lake County                  

Professional Certifications:

  • Airline Transport Pilot - Airplane, Single & Multi Engine Land (Type Rating:CE525/S)
  • Commercial SES
  • Flight Instructor - Airplane, Single & Multi Engine, Instrument
  • Ground Instructor - Advanced & Instrument

Aviation Industry Professional Experience:

  • Corporate pilot, Chief pilot, Director of operations, Owner Part 135, Owner Part 141, Owner of aviation consulting/management firm 1983-2001.
  • Consultant to private industry and various  government organizations while active in the business aviation industry
  • Organizational restructuring at Historically Black (HBC) collegiate aviation programs
  • National Academies of Science Transportation Research Board consultant-Washington, D.C.


Academic Professional Experience:

  • Department Chair        Fall 2009              St. Cloud State University
  • Associate Professor    2006-2009            St. Cloud State University
  • Assistant Professor      2002-2006            St. Cloud State University
  • Adjunct Professor       1992-1993            Middle Tennessee State University
  • Assistant Professor      1989-1991            Tennessee State University
  • Graduate Instructor     1981-1983            Middle Tennessee State University

Professional Memberships: Over 25 years professional memberships

  • National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Corporate Aviation Management Committee-Chair, Professional Development Sub-Committee
  • Minnesota Business Aviation Association (MBAA)
  • University Aviation Association

Courses Taught:

  • AVIT 103 Air Transportation
  • AVIT 107 Women in Aviation
  • AVIT 325 Aviation Safety
  • AVIT 409 Airport Management
  • AVIT 413 Corporate & GA Management
  • AVIT 419 Contemporary Issues in Aviation
  • AVIT 444 Internships




Dreams do come True!!

Jet Solo- Chicago Executive Airport-Summer 1997 



Grants and Awards:

    • Boeing Career Development Scholarship for Doctoral Dissertation 2003
    • Airbus Leadership Grant for Doctoral Dissertation 2003
    • USBanc Flight Department Travel Grant 2003
    • Schwan Foods Flight Department Travel Grant 2005
    • NBAA Travel Grant 2006
    • SCSU Aviation Department Chairman’s Award of Excellence for national initiative 2005
    • SCSU  Miller Teacher Scholar Recipient  for national collegiate initiative 2007

Research Interests:

·           Attracting and Retaining Minorities to Business Aviation

·          The Black experience in Business Aviation

Recent Publications

·         Doctoral Dissertation (Published)

o    Harl, T. L. (2008). What can be learned from the experience of being Black in Business Aviation: An Exploratory Case Study (Doctoral dissertation, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, 2008).

Industry Articles

o    Collegiate Aviation News (Summer 2007) Cultivating Tomorrow’s Business Aviation Leaders

Peer Reviewed

o    Johnson, J., S. Anderson, S., & Harl, T. (2007). Implications of Current Federal Aviation Regulations Governing Low Time Commercial Pilots Who Transition to Single Pilot/IFR  Environments. Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research.

o    National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) Journal of Business Aviation Vol. 22- Cultivating Tomorrow’s Business  Aviation Leaders: Regional Groups Show Support

o    National Business Aviation Association’s Journal of Business Aviation Management, (2007) Vol. 13-Cultivating Tomorrow’s Business Aviation Leaders

o    Harl, T., & Johnson, J. (2006). Forum: Recruitment and promotion challenges for aviation faculty in US       universities. Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research, 15(3), 9-10.

Industry Research Board Membership

o    National Academics of Science’s Transportation Research Board0 2007-2009

o     TRB ACRP 10-04 (Airport Cooperative Research Program) panel with oversight of a $500,000.00 FAA research grant for the subject: Airports and the Newest Generation of General Aviation Aircraft.



·        Spring 2010-NBAA Leadership Conference-Leadership Pipeline-Reaching out to Future Industry Leaders

·      Spring 2009- ZONTA International- Minnesota Region convention: Women in Aviation, the First 100 years

  • August 2008- Ohio Board of Regents/Industry Training Session for Ohio Collegiate Aviation Programs Implementing Industry Pipeline in Ohio Collegiate Aviation Programs.
  • June 2008- ORBAA Annual Meeting Dayton, Ohio-Industry/Academia Pipeline Success in Minnesota.
  • June 2008-NBAA/ORBAA Regional Forum-How to Implement the Industry/Collegiate Pipeline in Ohio.
  • February 2007-NBAA Leadership Conference-How to Mentor the NEXTGEN in Business Aviation
  •  Fall 2006 University Aviation Association Convention-Cultivating Tomorrow’s Business Aviation Leaders

·          Spring 2006-University of Minnesota, Department of Aeronautical Engineering: Women's Contributions to the  Aviation /Aerospace Industry 

  • February 2006-NBAA Leadership Conference-NBAA/UAA Project Scope Mission/Vision
  • January 2006-MNBusiness Aviation Association-Co-presentation with Target flight operations: Status of National Initiative to Build Industry/Collegiate Pipeline
  • Fall 2005 University Aviation Association: Industry on-site lab time overlay in a management class





Destiny can begin in the most unusual of places--

Dr. Harl was born in a snowstorm on the edge of a runway on Kodiak Island, Alaska



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