U.S. Naval War College — Associate / Full Professor of National Security Affairs (Professional Practice)

Join the faculty of one of the nation’s largest and most vibrant graduate teaching departments in the interdisciplinary field of national and international security studies. The Department of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island seeks to fill one vacancy beginning no later than July 2017. We invite applications from exceptionally qualified senior practitioners who are highly motivated to teach security studies courses within the resident master degree programs of the world’s oldest graduate institution of professional military education. We are a blended faculty of scholars and practitioners providing professional education to mid-career students who are military and civilian national security professionals from the United States and more than sixty partner countries preparing to become the senior national security leaders of tomorrow.


Associate Professor (Professional Practice) candidates must have extensive experience as a national security professional working at the strategic or theater-strategic levels including at senior ranks (minimum O-5/6 or civilian equivalent).

Full Professor (Professional Practice) candidates must have extensive experience as a national security professional working at the strategic or theater-strategic levels including in positions of significant stature (such as flag or general officer or civilian equivalent).

Candidates for both ranks must have at least a master’s degree or a terminal degree that is directly relevant for at least one of the following fields: 1) international relations and regional security studies; 2) foreign policy analysis and U.S. foreign policy; or, 3) leadership studies.

Strongest consideration will be given to candidates with expertise encompassing at least two of the above fields. Additional highly desirable qualifications include: a relevant PhD is strongly preferred; a record of scholarly or policy research and publication that demonstrates future potential; teaching experience and demonstrated excellence (preferably at the graduate level); and, a demonstrated commitment to collegiality and an interdisciplinary ethos.


Specific responsibilities include: teaching within two distinctive common core graduate-level security studies survey courses; collaborating in the development of common core curricula including individual class sessions; developing and teaching elective courses; scholarly research and publication; and, college service. There is no requirement or expectation to attract external funding. Maximum teaching load excluding optional elective classes is 2/2/0 based on a 10-month trimester system. This involves teaching up to two seminar sections (single preparation) of no more than 16 students in the fall and winter trimesters, with a spring trimester and summer inter-sessional period devoted primarily to research, curriculum development, and college service. All positions are year-round (12-month). Initial appointment is for a multi-year contract that is renewable thereafter on an ongoing basis provided that performance expectations are met. The college is a non-tenure granting institution but has a long record of extremely high levels of faculty retention.

About the Institution:

The U.S. Naval War College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges to award master of arts degrees in Defense and Strategic Studies (for our intermediate-rank students), and National Security and Strategic Studies (for our senior-rank students). The college is dual accredited by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to award certification in Joint Professional Military Education Phase 1 & 2.

Salary Considerations:

Salary is competitive and is accompanied by a generous federal civil service package that includes health insurance, pension and retirement savings plans (with employer matching contributions), paid vacation and sick leave, and other benefits. Rank and salary are commensurate with experience and credentials in accordance with the Department of the Navy Faculty Schedule.

Application Process: 

Applications will be accepted through November 20, 2016 and must include the following: 1) a detailed cover letter that addresses the qualifications noted above; 2) a comprehensive CV; and, 3) prior teaching evaluations or other evidence of teaching effectiveness (if any). In addition, applicants for associate professor rank must arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent separately, and applicants for full professor rank must provide three professional references for the search committee to contact. Applicants with current or previous military service should provide military ranks and dates of service.

Applications should clearly indicate the rank being applied for and reference VA#NWC-16-22. Please submit complete applications by email to NSAvacancy2@usnwc.edu. Signed letters of reference may also be sent to this email (preferred method) or they may also be mailed to:

Department of National Security Affairs
U.S. Naval War College
686 Cushing Road
Newport, RI 02841-1207
ATTN: Jill Marion

Please direct any questions to the Department Chair, Prof. David Cooper, at david.cooper@usnwc.edu. The U.S. Naval War College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.