Professor Profile: Dr. Reginald Parker

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University caters to a variety of student disciplines as well as a variety of professionals with various backgrounds. A look into Business and Global Security and Intelligence Studies shows that Dr. Reginald Parker is an professor with 38 years of industry experience. Dr. Parker has a bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology and Biochemistry, a master’s degree in Instruction Design and Technology focused on Industrial Learning, and a CAS with a focus on Industrial Labor Relations. Dr. Parker’s two favorite foods are New York Anchovy Luna pizzas and Black Cap (Wild Blackberry) pie. Follow along below to learn more!

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: I’m a history buff. I should have been a historian. All of my grandparents came from different countries and my father’s side is from England and Wales, and my mother’s side is half Italian and half Carpatho Rusyn (Russian). I’ve always been interested in history, I’ve heard the tales, and I’ve been back to the birthplace of most of my ancestors traveling around the world. One great grandfather on the Welsh side fought in the Civil War with the Union Army in the 185th NY. I’m writing a book on the 149th NY regiment in the Civil War. It’s a terrible loss there’s not a good book written on them, but they took 50% casualties for their unit.   My ancestor fought at Gettysburg, went through numerous battles, was on Sherman’s March to the Sea, and he made it through the war. So, I’m a member of the Sons of the Veteran Union Civil War and I like the history side of things. My father is still alive (age 92), he is a WWII and a Korean War veteran and so growing up I was instilled with a great respect for the military. Knowing my family histories, it’s my interest. I look at the history stuff and I’m an active competitive rifle shooter, with military service rifle high power competition. I just shot this past Sunday in the 128th Annual Washington’s Birthday Match.

Q: What was your first job out of college?

A: I worked as a Chemical Engineer with GTE-Sylvania Corp. They made all kinds of stuff, but I worked on making televisions. Most of my time spent working with GE and GTE was spent on working on various display engineering chemistries. 

Q: Why did you decide to become a professor?

A: I decided to become a teacher when I was in college because people didn’t know how to communicate how to do things. Being a teacher, you must tell people why you’re doing something. A teacher says, there’s a gap here, and we need to close the gap and here’s the logic behind it, here’s why we want to do that. I’ve found that in all of my experience, if you can tell people why you’re doing it and try to guide them and show them the logic of why it makes sense, it will help you get to the end result more efficiently.

Q: Do you have any advice for students?

A: If you are sitting at the lunch table with your boss and the Vice President comes in and begins talking to you, they don’t care about what your grades were. Their first impression of you may be absolutely critical to your future career development. Students need to understand they need to be well read, think about what you’re saying, and speak clearly with that first impression.

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