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Master Sergeant James Earley


Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership

MSgt Earley
Contact Information

(719) 333-9016




Master Sergeant James M. Earley is an Instructor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the U.S. Air Force Academy.  He is responsible for instruction of USAFA cadets in the fields of Human Factors, Psychology, and Systems Engineering.  He is part of a team that delivers a world-class education experience using scientific thinking in multiple disciplines in order to develop leaders of character.

Master Sergeant Earley began his military career in 2002 as a Civil Engineer airman, and has since served in multiple locations over the world.  In 2020 he was awarded the opportunity to attend the Air Force Institute of Technology, where he received an MS in Systems Engineering and subsequently a follow-on position to the Air Force Academy.


Bachelors of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology, East Coast Polytechnic Institute (ECPI), Richmond, Virginia (2019)

Masters of Science in Systems Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio (2022)

Professional Experience

Instructor, Department of Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado (June 2022 – Present)

Honors & Awards

Air and Space Commendation Medal (5 oak leaf clusters)

Air and Space Achievement Medal

AF Good Conduct Medal

Iraq Campaign Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Korean Defense Service Medal

Developmental Special Duty Ribbon

Research and Scholarly Interests

Model-Based Systems Engineering

Human Factors Integrations

Systems Integrations into Energy Infrastructures


Earley, James M., “Improving Task-operator Analysis for Training through the Integration of Human Learning Taxonomies and Systems Engineering Models” (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 5395.