U.S. Naval War College — Stockdale Chair of Professional Military Ethics


The Naval War College (NWC) is a Professional Military Education (PME) institution serving the nation, the Department of Defense and the U.S. Navy. U.S. graduates earn a Master of Arts degree in National Security & Strategic Studies, accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The College has four main missions: Educate and Develop Leaders; Support Defining the Future of the Navy and Associated Roles and Missions; Support Combat Readiness; and Strengthen Global Maritime Partnerships. More information on the college can be found at www.usnwc.edu.

The President, U.S. Naval War College, invites applications and nominations for the James B. Stockdale Chair of Professional Military Ethics in the College of Operational and Strategic Leadership.

Responsibilities: The Stockdale Chair is responsible for the development, administration and execution of the Naval War College Professional Military Ethics Program. This includes and annual ethics symposium with events across the academic year to augment the curricula of the resident, international and non-resident programs of the College. The chair holder will be responsible for documenting the activities and findings associated with the ethics program to share results with the other PME institutions and service academies. Additional duties for the Stockdale chair include:

  • Representing the Naval War College at ethics conferences and symposia specifically addressing professional military ethics.
  • Research and publication on the topic of professional military ethics.
  • Establishing a colloquium between the other Department of Defense PME institutions and academies to meet on a regular basis to share ideas, information, and best practices in educating students in professional military ethics.
  • Act as a resource to Naval War College academic departments and colleges on curriculum development in the area of professional military ethics.
  • Integration of professional military ethics throughout the Navy’s Professional Military Education Continuum.
  • Teaching a spectrum of elective courses in the Leadership and Ethics area of study, including “Foundations of Moral Obligation: The Stockdale Course”. Teaching responsibilities include up to two weekly elective seminars per trimester, active participation in student-led research and development of new courses as required.
  • Support the President of the U.S. Naval War College in executing responsibilities to the Chief of Naval Operations for oversight of military professional ethics development across the United States Navy.

Qualifications: Candidates for the Stockdale Chair must possess expertise, current experience and substantial credentials as an educator and a scholar in one or more of the following areas: professional military ethics, moral philosophy and ethical leadership. Program director experience is essential.  The successful candidate will possess scholarly and research credentials appropriate for the rank of Professor, including a relevant earned doctoral degree, a record of superior teaching performance, the ability to develop and maintain curriculum, and an established national research and publications record in the areas noted. Demonstrated experience as an academic team  leader and familiarity with the United States military, specifically Department of the Navy, is preferred.

This position requires a Secret Security clearance.

Salary Considerations: Salary is competitive and is accompanied by a generous Federal Civil Service package that includes health insurance, pension and retirement saving 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 Department of the Navy Faculty Schedule.

Application Process: Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2016. Applicants must reference VA#NWC-17-03 and submit their application package electronically to: COSLvacancy@usnwc.edu. The application package should include: 1) letter of interest, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) the names and contact information for three references. Any current of prior military service should be described including assignments, positions held, highest rank attained, and dates of service. Questions should be directed to Prof John Meyer at meyerj@usnwc.edu. The Naval War College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

a. Civilian Faculty. Civilian faculty members hold “excepted” federal-service positions rather than General Service positions. The basic difference is that excepted appointments may be made without competitive examination. In addition, excepted-service employees have no right to employment beyond the term of their contract, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), or extension. For most other purposes, the conditions of employment are essentially the same as those of the competitive service. Thus, Federal-Service provisions that pertain to veteran preference, performance rating, annual and sick leave, health benefits, retirement, and insurance benefits also apply to civilian members of the faculty. Civilian professors are subject to the laws, regulations, and directives applicable to all Navy Civilian Personnel, unless specifically exempted.  Applicable Federal-Service provisions are detailed as appropriate throughout this Faculty Handbook. For specific issues, please consult the Human Resources Officer (HRO) representative or the Staff Judge Advocate.

  1. Legal Basis for Appointments. Statutory law provides that the Secretary of the Navy may employ as many civilians as full-time professors, instructors, and lecturers at the Naval War College as he considers necessary, and that he may fix their compensation as he deems appropriate. See Section 7478, Title 10, U.S. Code, for these provisions. Further explanation of the authority to hire civilian faculty members may be found in various provisions of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The CFRs state that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has final authority to determine whether a position is in the competitive or excepted service and that excepted service positions have salary scales that are administratively determined (AD) as opposed to the general schedule (GS) under which competitive employees work. SECNAV Instruction 12534.1B implements the Secretary’s authority to administratively determine an appropriate pay schedule for the faculty. It establishes the Naval Faculty Salary Schedule, which applies to the Naval War College and the other colleges under the Secretary’s authority. Neither the SECNAV Instruction nor the Naval Faculty Salary Schedule provides any direct guidance concerning the nature of the responsibilities of the professors appointed or assigned to faculty positions. When a faculty member is hired, an SF 50 must be generated to document the personnel action. One of the administrative requirements for a completed SF 50 is to provide an identification of the position’s classification series. Because there is no special classification series for excepted employees, the Human Resources Managers from the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Civilian Personnel have directed the Naval War College’s Human Resources Officer to use the GS-1710 Educational and Vocational Training Series as the series most closely related to the duties of professors at the Naval War College. Accordingly, a professor is classified as AD-1710 (administratively determined pay scale/educational and vocational training series). The GS-1710 classification series states that the position includes those that “involve direct delivery of instruction or training services of a professional nature.”
  2. Process for Appointments. The President of the Naval War College has delegated authority to the Provost to approve or disapprove appointments, reappointments, and promotions of the “excepted service” faculty. Nothing herein shall in any way be construed to limit the authority and discretion of the Provost and the President regarding appointments or extensions of appointments. Nominations for appointments and recommendations for promotion and/or reappointments are submitted by the respective Department Chair or Director through the Dean of Academics to the Provost.
    (a) Recruitment of Civilian Faculty. Like civilian universities, and as a matter of practice, the Naval War College undertakes systematic national searches to recruit applicants for civilian-faculty and academic-administrator positions. It places advertisements in venues appropriate for reaching suitably qualified candidates, e.g., The Chronicle of Higher Education, newsletters and websites of pertinent academic disciplines, and major newspapers and nonacademic journals with intellectually oriented readerships. Advertisements are also placed in The Affirmative Action Register to assist in identifying qualified minority and female candidates to help achieve diversity within the faculty. Recommendations obtained from professional contacts and other scholars and practioners known to members of the Naval War College faculty may help to supplement the advertising plan. In addition to the external search, every effort is made to ensure that any potential internal candidate is aware of an anticipated vacancy. All recruiting and selection strategies are handled in a manner consistent with the Code of Federal Regulations.

    (b) Selection Among Applicants. Applicants are evaluated in the first instance by formal Search Committees composed of faculty members. The most promising candidates are invited for interviews or formal presentations. To select candidates to whom offers will be made, some departments use formal point systems to rate the applicants on the basis of multiple criteria; other departments believe that high value should be placed on intellectual, pedagogical, and professional qualities that cannot be assessed quantitatively. Faculty members other than those on the formal search committees are encouraged to offer their assessments of the candidates. The Department Chair, Dean, Director, or Search Committee Chair is responsible for submitting a recommendation through the Dean of Academics to the Provost, who makes the decision on the appointment.

    (c) Rank at the Time of Initial Appointment. Appointments and titles are conferred by the Provost on the recommendation of the responsible Department Chair, Dean, or Director. In Memorandum of Policy (MoP) 04-05, approved by the President on 18 June 2004, the Naval War College established uniform guidelines for the use of academic ranks for civilian faculty members that have brought its practice more closely into line with the customary practices of civilian universities. Accordingly, the Naval War College uses the following academic ranks: Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor. The Center for Naval Warfare Studies uses somewhat different ranks: Assistant Research Professor, Associate Research Professor, and Research Professor. For the purpose of determining rank at initial appointment, the most important criteria are academic degrees and evidence of previous scholarship; previous relevant professional and military experience; and previous teaching experience or academic rank.  Typically, an Instructor is a faculty member who would qualify as an Assistant Professor but does not yet hold a terminal degree. Evaluation for promotion to Associate Professor normally begins upon completion of the terminal degree. Typically, an Assistant Professor/Assistant Research Professor holds a terminal degree when required, but does not yet have extensive academic or professional experience or a significant record of academic or professional achievement. An Associate Professor/Associate Research Professor is ordinarily a mid-career academic or professional with at least several years of experience and a significant body of scholarly work or professional achievement. It is the most common rank in use at the Naval War College, for both newly hired and already established faculty members. A rank of Professor/Research Professor is ordinarily conferred only on scholars or practitioners of stature who have demonstrated superior performance in terms of the mission of the Naval War College. Only rarely will this rank be conferred on newly appointed civilian faculty members (except in cases where the appointee already holds the rank of Professor at another institution of higher education). A special title of Fleet Professor is used for adjunct faculty members teaching only in the College of Distance Education’s non-resident courses or in the Electives Program. Short-term Research Fellows may hold the title of Visiting Professor.

    (d) Citizenship. The United States citizenship requirement may not apply to certain civilian faculty members appointed to excepted service positions at the Naval War College. An appropriate visa, however, must be obtained prior to appointment to service at the College for all individuals who are not U.S. citizens or nationals. The Office of the Dean of Academics, with the assistance of the Human Resources Office, is responsible for coordination of all visa requests prior to selection of non-citizens for faculty positions at the Naval War College. In all cases, it remains the responsibility of the individual being hired or retained to ensure that his or her visa remains current and valid. Failure to discharge this responsibility is of itself sufficient grounds for cancellation of the contract of the faculty member concerned.

    (e) Eligibility Form. An Employment Eligibility Verification Form, INS Form I-9, must be completed by all civilian appointees at the time of initial appointment.

    (f) Effective Dates of Personnel Actions. Appointments will normally become effective on the first day of the first full pay period that employment, promotion, or step-pay raises commence.

    (g) Probationary period. The initial appointment for all Federal Service employees normally encompasses a one-year probationary or trial period, regardless of the length of the original contract.