About Me

I began working as an A&P mechanic in 1998 in Warrensburg, MO on my University’s Flight Department’s aircraft while completing my B.S.  After graduation, I was hired onto Air Evac Lifeteam as an A&P mechanic at their FBO in Cape Girardeau, Mo.  I eventually became a field mechanic on Bell 206L’s.  After attending Bell factory training, I was given a base in Mt. Vernon, IL and spent 6 years as a base mechanic. From there, I moved into academia by accepting a position with SIUC as an AMT Instructor.  

While working at the University, I had the opportunity to earn an M.S. in Instructional Design and now am working on a Ph.D. in Learning Systems Design and Technology. My research focus has been on instructional design for aviation maintenance education.  In the dissertation phase of my doctoral work, I am interested in digital and computer-based applications for use in FAR Part 147 programs.  

As an active member of ATEC, I have written articles and given presentations and webinars that focus on this work with FAR Part 147 topics. Recently, I accepted the position of ATEC Journal Editor and have applied to be considered to join the Board of Directors.

ATEC Webinar


Associate Professor of Aviation Technologies at Southern Illinois University
- August 2005 to Current

Editor of Aviation Technical Education Council Journal
- January 2018

Bell 205A Field Maintenance Instructor
- January 2010 to Current

Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic
- May 1998 to Current


B.S. of Science in Aviation Maintenance Technology from University of Central Missouri. 

M.S. of Education in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in Instructional Design from Southern Illinois University.

Currently working on a Ph.D. in Education in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in Learning Systems Design and Technology from Southern Illinois University.


Johnson, Karen and Mitchell, Keven, (August 2017). New Online Program to Offer Exciting Opportunities in Aviation. Aircraft Maintenance Technology, 36-68.

Sullivan, K., Mitchell, K., (Spring 2013). Initial Review of an i>clicker Student Response System in FAR Part 147. Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC) Journal, Volume 35 (1).

Sullivan, Karen J. (2013, Spring).  Using a Capstone Course to Introduce Soft Skills Training to Aviation Technology Students.  ATEC Journal, 35(1).

Harrison, Matthew and Sullivan, Karen (2012, Fall).  Transitioning from a Traditional Lecture Course to an Online Course.  ATEC Journal, 34, 4-7.

Sullivan, Karen and Hannon, Dennis (2012, Spring). Integration of a College Skills Foundation Course into a Part 147 Airframe and Powerplant Curriculum.  ATEC Journal, 34, 23-33.

Roberts (Sullivan) Karen.  (2011, Spring).  Imbedding Orals and Practicals into the FAR 147 Classrooms.  ATEC Journal, 33,18-20.

Sullivan, K.J. (2010, Spring).  FAR 147 Curriculum; Keeping the AMT Learner in the Zone.  ATEC Journal, 32, 4-6.

Johnson, Karen, Siao, Daniel, and Washburn, Carl. March 2018. So You Wanna Go Online. Presentation at the 58th Annual ATEC conference, Washington D.C. 

Johnson, Karen, May 2017, Taking Your part 147 Program Online. Webinar presented online through ATEC.

Sullivan, Karen J. April 2013. Using a Capstone Course to Introduce Soft Skills Training to Aviation Technology Students.  Paper presented at the 12th Annual Oklahoma Aerospace Education Research Symposium, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Sullivan, Karen. September 2012. Incorporating Soft Skills training into Existing FAR 147 Courses. Abstract presented to the University Aviation Association Research Roundtable, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Sullivan, Karen and Harrison, Matthew, April 2012.  The Transition  From a Traditional Lecture Course to an Online Course Format:  A  Better Fit for the New Millennial Student.  Paper presented at the 11th Annual Oklahoma Aerospace Education Research Symposium,  Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Sullivan, Karen and Hannon, Dennis, April, 2012, Integration of a College Skills Foundation Course into a Part 147 Airframe and Powerplant Curriculum.  Paper presented at the 52nd Annual Conference of the Aviation Technical Education Council, Tempe, Arizona.

Roberts (Sullivan), Karen, April 2011, Imbedding Orals and Practicals into the FAR 147 Classrooms.  Paper presented at the 10th Annual Oklahoma Aerospace Education Research Symposium, Stillwater,  Oklahoma.  

Sullivan, K.J., February 2010, MEL’s and FAR 91.213(d): An Overview for Dealing with Inoperative Equipment.  Presented at the 2010 St. Louis Aviation Maintenance Symposium, Fairview Heights, Illinois.

Sullivan, K.J.,  April 2010, FAR Part 147 Curriculum; Keeping the AMT Learner in the Zone.  Paper presented at the 50th Annual Conference of the Aviation Technical Education Council, Mesa, Arizona.

Sullivan, Karen, February 2009, Cutting Through the Clutter: An  Aircraft’s Maintenance Technician’s Utilization of FAA Regulations.  Paper presented at the 2009 St. Louis Aviation Maintenance  Symposium, Fairview Heights, Illinois.

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Olga Kaczmarczyk

Quality by Design

I am currently working on a Ph.D. in Education in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in Learning Systems Design and Technology at Southern Illinois University. 
I’m interested in research-based learning theories and best practices that translate to quality online activities and courses.
My goal is to create personalized, engaging online learning experiences with built-in learning supports that work for all online learners, including those with learning differences. It’s not just organizing content on a screen – it’s enhancing students’ learning strategies through thoughtful instructional design.


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